Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the Eastern Conference are clashing today, when the Charlotte Hornets (32-39), tied with the Magic one game behind the 8th place of the East, are hosting the fifth Boston Celtics (43-29), who are looking to end their current small losing streak.
Date/Time: 03-23-2019, 17:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets +3
Charlotte Hornets have a 32-39 record (32-38-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 9th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Timberwolves with a 113-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.4 ppg and 5.7 boards per game.
Boston Celtics have a 43-29 record (35-36-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Sixers with a 115-118 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.9 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team high 7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16 ppg and 6.2 boards per game.
Celtics lead the Hornets 2-1 wins so far this season with each team having won at home. Hornets have a 22-15 home record, while the Celtics are 17-18 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 112.7 ppg to Hornets’ 110.4 and defensively, allowing 107.7 ppg to Hornets’ 111.5. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.5% to 44.7%) and in 3-pointers (36.4% to 34.9%). Both teams are almost equal in boards grabbed (44.6 to 44.3), while Celtics are better in dimes made (26.4 to 22.9) and Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 12.6). Vegas odds give the Celtics a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win today.
Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Boston Celtics -3 (-109)
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