NBA Free Picks & Predictions: Boston Celtics @ Charlotte Hornets
Thursday nights’ NBA free pick takes us to Spectrum Center North Carolina for an Eastern Conference clash.
The East leaders the Boston Celtics are on the road to tip off against the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics are looking for their sixth consecutive win.
Can the Hornets end their win streak?
KEMBA IS CLUTCH.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2019
He led the Hornets to an 18-point comeback vs. the Celtics 🔥 pic.twitter.com/SaKnrkcatL
- 1Boston Celtics (1.37) vs Charlotte Hornets (2.95)
- 2Parlay Pick: Celtics to win & be the first to 25 points (2.91)
- 3Parlay Pick: Celtics to win & Charlotte under 105.5 (3.46)
Boston Celtics (1.37) vs Charlotte Hornets (2.95)
The Celtics are still getting in the win column and are now 5-1 overall. Losing to the 76ers in game 1 seems so long ago now. They’ve played with confidence and look like a well-drilled unit on the court.
An away win against the Cavs in their last means they’re winning run continues. They took the game 119-113.
It will be Celtics’ starman Kemba Walker’s first return to Charlotte since joining Boston in the summer.
The Hornets defensemen will make for an interesting battle on the court, the likes of Graham and Rozier will try to make Walker’s life difficult. Who will come out on top?
The Hornets, who are 4-3 outright, bounced back from a three-game losing streak with three back-to-back wins, including a hard-fought overtime victory against the Pacers in the last.
Recent history in the head-to-head favours the Hornets, who have won the last three games at the Spectrum Center. But we feel the momentum for Boston will be enough on the night.
Take the Celtics to make it 6 wins in a row.
Gordon Hayward and the rest of our starters got us out to our hottest first half of the season, and we rode that wave to a 119-113 victory over the Cavs. pic.twitter.com/hxWztCeYH0— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 6, 2019
Parlay Pick: Celtics to win & be the first to 25 points (2.91)
Except from the game against the Bucks, the Celtics, who are now fifth in the NBA power rankings, have managed to put a leading or competitive score on in the first quarter of every game.
Tonight they’ll be up against a Hornets defense who are ranked 22nd in the league that allows 113.6 points per contest. The Celtics are 17th in the league in offense, averaging 110.3 points per game.
Boston will be without Jaylen Brown and Enes Kanter, so they’ll look to Kemba and Jayson Tatum to provide the firepower. Tatum managed 18 points, seven rebounds and two rejections in his last.
The Hornets have shown great resilience and hunger on the court to start taking points from their games. The overtime win against the Pacers is testament to that.
Take the Celtics to win & hit 25 points first.
Parlay Pick: Celtics to win & Charlotte under 105.5 (3.46)
The NBA betting odds were quite favourable on this pick, so we thought it’d be worth a flutter.
The Hornets haven’t been too productive in offense so far this season, scoring less than 105.5 in 4 games out of 7 so far this season. They’re lack of offense puts them at 18th in the NBA, bging 107.9 per game.
One thing we’ve noticed about the Boston Celtics this season is their physicality and ability to get around the court. Brad Stevens has them dancing to his tune and it’s reflected in their results.
The Celtics have the 7th best defense in the league, allowing just 104.7 points per contest. The Celtics defense up against the Hornets offense tells the story of how this game might go.
It’s a question of whether Charlotte can keep Kemba Walker quiet on his return to the Spectrum Center.
Expect a Celtics win & Charlotte to score under 105.5.