Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/22/19 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM (TD Garden)
BOS -1,100, BOS -13 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets head north, to Boston, MA on Sunday for a game against the Celtics, but first the Hornets must play the Utah Jazz on Saturday. In their last game, the Hornets were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers by the score of 100-98. Terry Rozier led the Hornets in scoring in the game as he scored 35 points while shooting 12 of 17 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Cody Zeller led Charlotte in rebounds on the night with 9, with 5 coming offensively. Devonte’ Graham led the Hornets in assists on the night as he recorded 9 while playing 38 minutes in the game against the Cavaliers.
After the loss to Cleveland, the Charlotte Hornets are now 13-18 on the season which places them in 2nd place in the Southeast Division. Devonte’ Graham has led the Hornets in points per game this season as he is averaging 19.1. Graham also leads the Hornets in assists per game with 7.5. Cody Zeller leads Charlotte in rebounds per game as he is averaging 8. The Hornets enter Sunday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have any players listed on their injury report
The Boston Celtics welcome the Charlotte Hornets to town on Sunday after winning their last game against the Detroit Pistons by the score of 114-93. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in points in the game with 26 while shooting 9 of 13 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Kemba Walker led Boston in assists in the game with 11 while playing a total of 30 minutes in the game. Enes Kanter was the leader in rebounds for the Celtics in their game against the Pistons as he pulled in 18 rebounds with 5 coming offensively.
After the win against Detroit, Boston is now 19-7 on the season and is currently in 1st place in the Atlantic Division. Kemba Walker has been the leading scorer so far this season for Boston as he has scored an average of 22.6 points per game. Walker is also the leader in assists for the Celtics as he has averaged 5.4 per game. The leading rebounder for Boston is Enes Kanter who has recorded 7 rebounds per game so far on the season. The Celtics enter Sunday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Gordon Hayward is listed as day to day while Vincent Poirier and Marcus Smart are listed as out.
The Charlotte Hornets have averaged 104.5 points per game this season while allowing 110.5 points per game. The Boston Celtics have scored an average of 110.9 points per game on the year while allowing 103.6 points per game. Both teams are 3-2 in their last 5 games. In the two teams previous meeting this season, the Celtics won by the score of 108-87 in a game played in Charlotte. I am going to go with the Celtics to win this one as they have been a much better team than the Hornets all season and are 8-2 in their last 10 games against Charlotte. I will also be looking for Boston to cover the spread in this one as Boston is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games against the spread when playing Charlotte. Boston wins 113-98 and covers the spread.