Boston Celtics (31-12) vs. Charlotte Hornets (11-32)
January 14, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +7.5; Over/Under: +231
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The Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center. The Boston Celtics have won 9 of their last 11 games. The Charlotte Hornets have lost 8 of their last 10 games.
The Boston Celtics are averaging 118.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 47 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 27.2 points and 3.2 assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game.
The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 112.2 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 118.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting. LaMelo Ball is averaging 23.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, while Terry Rozier is averaging 21 points and 4.3 rebounds. PJ Washington is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Hornets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 11-4-1 in Celtics last 16 road games. The over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 overall. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte and 20-6-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings.
The Charlotte Hornets continue to play lousy basketball, and that includes losing in the underdog role by an average of 7.7 points. The Boston Celtics look like a team that’s found their footing again, and they’re winning their last 5 games by an average of 12.8 points. I want nothing to do with the Hornets against good teams. Give me the Celtics and reasonable number.