Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets
|Date & Time||Saturday March 23, 2019, 6:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Charlotte +3.5 -- Over/Under 222
The Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Hornets duke it out at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night.
The Boston Celtics have been in decent shape as they’ve won six of their past 10 games, but they will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the 76ers in a 118-115 road loss on Wednesday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 36 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Al Horford added 22 points with five assists while Terry Rozier chipped in with 20 points off the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 32 from the 3-point line as they dominated the early proceedings to lead by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, only to get run down in the second half where they managed just 46 points. Still, the Celtics had a shot to win with the scores deadlocked at 113-113 in the final minute until Ben Simmons came through with a clutch and-one play with 40.8 seconds left. With the tough loss, Boston fell to 43-29 overall and 17-18 on the road which is good for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in a slump lately as they’ve lost nine of their last 13 games overall, but they will be looking to build some momentum after Thursday’s 113-106 home win over the Timberwolves. Kemba Walker took advantage of a shorthanded Timberwolves backcourt as he led the team with 31 points and six assists, Malik Monk added 14 points off the bench, while Marvin Williams and Jeremy Lamb each scored 13 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 29 from the 3-point line as they wrestled with the Timberwolves for most of the game until they pulled away in the fourth quarter. With the win, Charlotte improved to 32-39 overall and 22-15 at home which is good for 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Hornets are 18-39-4 ATS in their last 61 games against a team with a winning record, 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight home games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Celtics are 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall and the Celtics are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Charlotte.
Gordon Hayward is out for Saturday with a concussion while Al Horford has been ruled out due to left knee soreness so the Celtics will be shorthanded for this one. The Hornets haven’t been world beaters by any means, but with Walker on the court, they’re always capable of an upset at home. The Celtics lead the season series by 2-1 and they won the last meeting by 126-94 back on Jan 30. The betting trends are also in favour of the Celtics who are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Charlotte, but I’m going with the Hornets in an upset here as they seem to be catching the Celtics while they’re vulnerable.