Celtics vs Hornets Odds and Picks


Jayson Tatum reaction with Jaylen Brown

Jayson Tatum will seemingly have teammate Jaylen Brown again within the lineup because the Celtics go to the Hornets. (Photograph by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

  • Boston is a giant 7.5-point street favourite in Charlotte Sunday in opposition to the Hornets
  • Jaylen Brown is predicted to return to Celtics’ lineup
  • Get the newest Celtics vs Hornets odds, betting preview and a decide under

Taking part in a few of their greatest basketball of the 12 months, the Boston Celtics have climbed right into a playoff spot, sitting sixth within the East. On Sunday, they’ll be visiting the Charlotte Hornets, a workforce looking for their stride and chase them down.

After a tailspin by February and March, Boston has constructed a 9-3 mark in April, whereas the Hornets have struggled to a 2-6 mark over their final eight video games. That’s a part of the explanation the C’s are a heavy 7.5-point street favourite on this one.

Celtics vs Hornets Odds

Crew Unfold at FanDuel Moneyline Complete
Boston Celtics -7.5 (-110) -320 TBD
Charlotte Hornets +7.5 (-110) +260 TBD

Odds as of April 24. Tipoff is Sunday at 1pm ET

C’s Doing it With D

Boston has discovered its defensive footing in April, and that’s a giant motive they’ve been in a position to climb the standings, after going simply 13-17 of their earlier 30.

The Celtics personal the NBA’s third-best defensive score in April, trailing solely the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. That 106.5 determine is a serious step up from their season-long 112.2 mark, which ranks twenty first within the NBA. They’re holding groups to an NBA-low 104.6 factors an evening, whereas rating third in field-goal taking pictures protection (44.1%).

They’ve additionally discovered a solution to maintain their very own on the glass on this run, holding groups to 40.8 rebounds an evening, which ranks third.

Offensively, Jayson Tatum has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting, main the workforce in scoring eight instances this month. He completed with 38 on Friday evening in a loss to the Nets, a sport that each Kemba Walker (relaxation) and Jaylen Brown (shoulder) missed. Each ought to be again within the lineup Sunday.

They’ll additionally hope for extra from Evan Fournier, who had a forgettable return to the lineup in opposition to Brooklyn, after coping with COVID points. The Frenchman completed with simply two factors in 22 minutes, going 0-for-7 from the sphere, and lacking all three of his three-point tries.

Hornets Hanging Robust

Give credit score to this Hornets group, who, regardless of lacking key cogs Gordon Hayward and LaMelo Ball, have been in a position to hold robust within the East, and maintain the 8-spot at 29-30.

They bought a a lot wanted win final outing, as their 108-102 victory over Cleveland halted an unsightly 1-6 stretch. The trio of Terry Rozier, Miles Bridges and PJ Washington potted 25 factors apiece, and Bridges additionally added 10 rebounds.

Bridges moved into the beginning lineup and it appears as if the Hornets might go along with this centre-less beginning group (Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo each got here in as reserves). Whereas the 108 factors scored is a modest determine, this was simply the second time in eight video games Charlotte put up greater than 101 factors, going sub-100 in 4 video games.

They’ve put up simply 100.5 factors per sport of their final eight, which is lifeless final within the NBA over that stretch, and much worse than their common season mark of 109.6 (twenty third).  They’ll even be with out Malik Monk Sunday, who’s out with an ankle harm.

Regardless of their struggles, Hayward and Ball are anticipated again initially of Could, and Charlotte is in prime positing to make the postseason if they’ll make hay with this closing schedule: 9 of their remaining 13 video games are at dwelling.

What’s the Greatest Guess?

The one factor that provides me pause taking Boston is Charlotte being a extra determined workforce, and boasting a 15-12 dwelling mark, whereas the C’s are 13-17 away from dwelling.

That is the second assembly of the season between these two groups, with Boston taking the primary in a 116-86 drubbing on April 4. With the additional reinforcements coming in, the Celtics ought to be capable to enhance their present 6-1 ATS run of their final seven street outings.

They’re additionally 8-2 ATS of their final 10 in opposition to the Hornets, whereas profitable 13 of the final 15 video games outright head-to-head.

The decide: Celtics -7.5 (-110)

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