A game featuring one of the NBA’s hottest teams and one that is sputtering will see the Boston Celtics (32-12), winners of six in a row, and 8-2 in their past 10 games, play the Charlotte Hornets (11-33), who’ve dropped four straight and are 2-8 in their past 10. The Celtics are 8.5-point favorites for this contest at Spectrum Center on January 16, 2023. The over/under for the matchup is 231.5 points.
How to bet Celtics vs. Hornets
Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -333 odds to pick up the win, while the Hornets are listed at +266 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 231.5 points.
Celtics vs. Hornets Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Monday, January 16, 2023
- Game Time: 1:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
- Arena: Spectrum Center
Celtics vs. Hornets Betting Trends
The Celtics are 24-19-1 against the spread this season. Boston has been victorious in 30, or 71.4%, of the 42 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. The Celtics have eclipsed the over/under in 52.3% of their opportunities this year (23 times in 44 games with a set point total).
The Hornets are 17-25-2 against the spread this season. Charlotte has won seven of the 34 games it was the underdog on the moneyline this season (20.6%). Hornets games this season have gone over the total in 22 of 44 opportunities (50%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Celtics: Derrick White: Probable (Neck), Jaylen Brown: Out (Adductor), Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)
Hornets: Gordon Hayward: Doubtful (Hamstring), Kelly Oubre: Out (Hand), Miles Bridges: Out (Personal)
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
Boston has been carried by its offense, as it ranks second-best in the NBA by putting up 118.5 points per game. It ranks 11th in the league in points allowed (112.2 per contest). The Celtics put up 122 points per game when playing at home, compared to 115 points per game away from home, a difference of seven points per contest. On offense, the Celtics have had a tough time putting the ball in the basket over their last 10 games, scoring 117.8 points per contest over that span as opposed to the 118.5 they’ve racked up over the course of this year.
Boston ranks top-five this year in three-point shooting, ranking second-best in the league with 15.5 three-pointers per game. Meanwhile, it ranks ninth with a 36.9% shooting percentage from three-point land. This year, the Celtics have taken 52.6% two-pointers, accounting for 63.4% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 47.4% three-pointers (36.6% of the team’s baskets).
What you need to know about the Charlotte Hornets
In 2022-23, Charlotte is 22nd in the league offensively (112 points scored per game) and third-worst on defense (118.7 points allowed). The Hornets are scoring fewer points at home (109.3 per game) than away (114.3). The Hornets have fared better offensively over their past 10 games, generating 114.3 points per contest, 2.3 more than their season average of 112.
In 2022-23 Charlotte is 23rd in the league in 3-point makes (11 per game) and worst in 3-point percentage (32.8%). In 2022-23, the Hornets have attempted 36.2% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 63.8% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 26.4% of the Hornets’ buckets have been 3-pointers, and 73.6% have been 2-pointers.
Our pick to win this contest is the Celtics, and we project that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 231.5 points.
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