The Charlotte Hornets (5-6) will have their hands full against the league’s top scoring defense when they clash against the Boston Celtics (10-2) at TD Garden. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, 2017, and will air on Fox Sports Carolina.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics ATS Odds
In their last outing, the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 107-96, while the Hornets were beaten by the New York Knicks, 118-113.
Boston played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.4 (better than their season average of 12.3) and a free throw rate of 0.245 (above their season average of 0.210). Los Angeles was 18.1 and 0.200, respectively, for those same stats. Charlotte, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.0 (above their season average of 20.4). Aron Baynes had a good outing for Boston with 21 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Charlotte was led by Dwight Howard, who recorded 21 points and nine rebounds.
Boston could put on a ball-control clinic in this meeting. Boston ranks third in the NBA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.5 percent), while Charlotte forces the fewest turnovers (12.6 percent).
Of the Hornets’ 11 games, six have finished under the total. Charlotte heads into the game with records of 5-6 straight up (SU) and 5-6 against the spread (ATS).
Celtics games tend to go under the total (66.7 percent). Moreover, Boston owns records of 10-2 SU and 10-2 ATS.
The Celtics dominated this series last year, winning all four games. In the most recent matchup, Boston won 121-114. Boston’s 0.615 effective field goal percentage was its biggest advantage over Charlotte, who had a mark of 0.506. This is the first time these teams will battle this year.
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Predictions: SU Winner – Hornets, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Over
The Celtics are third in the NBA with 7.8 fast break points allowed per game while the Hornets are fifth with 8.1 fast break points allowed per game.
Boston ranks third in three pointers allowed per game (25.3) while Charlotte ranks 24th (31.8).
The Celtics rank fourth in rebounds per game (47.5) while the Hornets rank 17th in rebounds allowed per game (44.5).
Charlotte ranks 19th in points in the paint per game (42.5) while Boston ranks 25th (39.8).
Boston ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (9.3) while Charlotte ranks eighth (10.8).
The Celtics rank sixth in steals per game (8.6) while the Hornets rank 25th (5.8).
The Celtics rank 24th in points off turnovers per game (15.1) while the Hornets rank 28th (14.1).
Boston ranks fifth in assists allowed per game (20.3) while Charlotte ranks 20th (23.6).
When holding opponents under 100 points, Charlotte is 3-0 and Boston is 9-0.
The Celtics are 8-1 when they score over 100 points, while the Hornets are 5-2.
Boston is 4-1 ATS at home, while Charlotte is 1-5 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 3 of the Hornets’ 6 road games, while 3 of the Celtics’ 5 home games have gone over.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Hornets are 2-3.
In their last five games, Boston has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Charlotte has 4 overs and 1 under.
The Celtics’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.8, up from 9.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 107.6 points per game (2.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 111.6 points per game (5.3 above their season average).