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Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/23/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (16-15) at Boston Celtics (18-13)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Boston Celtics -7 -- Over/Under: 218
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The Charlotte Hornets pay a visit to the TD Garden to battle the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

The Charlotte Hornets have been in fine form as they’ve won five of their last seven games and they will be gunning for a third straight victory after taking down the Pistons in a 98-86 home win on Friday. Marvin Williams drained seven 3-pointers to lead the way with 24 points, Kemba Walker added 22 points with five assists while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Hornets shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 24 from the 3-point line but you can credit the win to their defensive effort as they held the Pistons to just 39 percent shooting from the field and eight of 34 shooting from the 3-point line. With the win, Charlotte improved to 16-15 overall and 12-7 at home.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics were the hottest team in the league during their eight-game win streak, but they’ve since fallen off the pace with three straight losses after falling to the Bucks in a 120-107 home loss on Friday. Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 21 points off the bench, Jayson Tatum added 20 points while Kyrie Irving chipped in with 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Celtics shot just 38 percent from the field and 10 of 34 from the 3-point line but they were always fighting an uphill battle after getting outscored in the first half by 65-48. With the loss, Boston fell to 18-13 overall and 9-5 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 home games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the Hornets are 1-6-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Hornets are 0-3-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Boston.

Kemba Walker has been one of the bright spots of the league at this early stage of the season and he has the Hornets in great form as they've won five of their last seven. The Celtics have been one of the more disappointing teams in the league as they've yet to hit their stride and their deep roster has been tested as they've been without their big men in Al Horford and backup Aron Baynes. I think the Celtics bounce back with a win to steady the ship, but I think the value is with the Hornets and the points in what should be a close one.

Charlotte +7
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