The Hornets will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Celtics tonight at 7:00 ET. Charlotte is currently 13th in the Eastern Conference, while Boston is 1st.

The Celtics are 17-point favorites and have a record of 58-16, while the Hornets are 18-56. The over/under line is currently set at 216.5.

BOSTON CELTICS VS CHARLOTTE HORNETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Charlotte Hornets +17

This game will be played at Spectrum Center at 7:00 ET on Monday, April 1st.

WHY BET THE CHARLOTTE HORNETS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-106 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 19 threes.

Can Boston Grab a Win on the Road?

In their games this season, the Celtics have had an average over/under line of 229.8, which is higher than today’s line of 216.5. On average, their games have seen 230.4 points scored.

Boston’s O/U record for the season is 37-36-1, and their games have finished below the O/U line in their last game vs. the Pelicans (196 points vs. O/U of 223.5).

This season, the Celtics have been favored in 71 of their 74 games and have a record of 56-15 in those games. As the favorite, they have gone 36-32 ATS, with an average scoring margin of +11.8 points per game.

Boston’s most recent game was a 104-92 win over the Pelicans. They covered the spread as 6-point favorites, and the game finished 12 points below the O/U line.

In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are in 1st place with a record of 58-16. On the road, they are 26-13 compared to 32-3 at home.

The Celtics’ offense has been one of the most potent in the NBA this season, ranking 2nd in points per game at 120.9. Interestingly, they have been even better on the road, averaging 118.7 points compared to 123.3 at home.

Boston’s offensive approach has been heavily reliant on the three-point shot, as they lead the league in three-point attempts and makes. Overall, they are shooting 39% from beyond the arc.

When it comes to pace of play, the Celtics are 19th in the NBA at 97.4 possessions per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, they are 9th in the league at 48%.

This season, the Celtics’ defense is the 5th ranked defense in the NBA at 5th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 70.3% of their games. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Celtics defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.2% while allowing 34.8% from downtown.

Will Charlotte Make it Happen at Home?

This season, Charlotte has an O/U record of 36-38-0, and their games have averaged 223.3 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 216.5 points, and 60 of their games have had higher O/U lines.

The Hornets’ last game vs. the Clippers had an O/U line of 215.5, and the teams combined for 248 points. Charlotte lost the game by a score of 130-118.

Coming into today’s game, the Hornets have lost two straight games and are 18-56 on the season. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 13th place.

Charlotte’s ATS record for the season is 28-44, including a record of 15-19 at home. As the underdog, they are 27-40 vs. the spread.

In their last five games as the underdog, the Hornets are 15-54 straight-up and 27-40 vs. the spread. This season, they have been the underdog in 69 of their 74 games.

Charlotte’s last game vs. the Clippers, they were 14-point underdogs and covered the spread. This improved their ATS record on the road to 13-25 for the season.

Charlotte’s offense has struggled this season, ranking 29th in scoring at 106.4 points per game. However, they have been slightly better at home, averaging 108.2 points per game.

Despite being 25th in pace, the Hornets are 16th in two-point attempts. Overall, they are 27th in field goal percentage and 28th in true shooting percentage.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Charlotte is 22nd in made threes but just 25th in three-point shooting percentage. They are also last in free throw attempts and 30th in free throw shooting.

At this time, the Hornets’ defense is positioned 22nd in the NBA, permitting 116.9 points per game. Inside the arc, the Hornets defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 57.9% and 37.6% from three-point territory.