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 -6.5 . Total 208.5
The Boston Celtics are on the road for a matchup with the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics are (22-80, coming off a 113-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The Hornets are (13-22), after falling to the Memphis Grizzlies 117-104.
In the Celtics loss to the Raptors, Boston was guided by Kemba Walker. Walker connected on 11 of 23 attempts from the floor, making 5 foul shots, finishing with 30 points. The Celtics shot 40% from the floor and 22% from deep. The Celtics were dominated on the boards, being out rebounded 60 to 41.
In the Hornets loss to the Grizzlies, Charlotte was led on offense by Malik Monk. Monk converted on 8 of 18 attempts from the floor, registering 18 points. The Hornets shot 43% from the floor and 29% from distance. The Hornets allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 49% from the floor. Charlotte was out scored in the paint, 64 to 54.
Recent Betting Trends:
Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as the favorite.
The over is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 road games.
Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Hornets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
The over is 20-8 in Hornets last 28 Tuesday games.
The Celtics are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 matchups. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 matchups. The Celtics have won 5 of their last 6 games overall, while the Hornets have lost 5 in a row. The Celtics will be without a key piece of their offense, as Jaylen Brown is listed as out. Even without Brown the Celtics should still be able to find enough offense to get by the Hornets. Charlotte is averaging 104 points of offense, the Celtics give up an average of 104. I'll take Boston on the road, as their defense should be good enough to hold Charlotte to a differential of at least 7 or more points. Final score prediction, Boston will win and cover, 112-101.