The Boston Celtics will look to rebound from back-to-back losses when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night. Boston occupied the top spot in the East before getting blown out at home on Wednesday in a showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers and dropping a 123-116 decision at Atlanta on Thursday to open the two-game trip. Boston is within one game of Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell at home last night to the Atlanta Hawks as 15.5-point favorites. Forward Jae Crowder is playing through an elbow injury that left the joint swollen before Thursday’s game, but he still managed to deliver 24 points in the loss. Crowder, who suffered the injury in a win over the New York Knicks on Sunday, is averaging 16.7 points over the last 11 games while also playing solid defense. Shooting guard Avery Bradley is 7-of-27 from the floor and 1-of-11 from 3-point range in two games since returning from an illness. Boston has won the first three meetings this season and seven of the last eight in the series.
The Hornets were making a run at one of the last spots in the East before back-to-back losses dropped them three games behind the No. 8 spot. Charlotte made a run at the postseason with wins in three straight but fell off the pace against Southeast Division foes Washington and Miami in the last two games and are on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from contention. The Hornets allowed the Heat to make a franchise-record 21 three-pointers in Wednesday’s loss after letting the Wizards go 17-of-34 from beyond the arc in the previous game. Charlotte finished up a stretch of six games in nine days with the loss to Miami and finishes out the regular season against three teams above it in the East – Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. Power forward Marvin Williams scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting Wednesday after totaling six points on 1-of-12 in the previous two games.
Boston still has a lot to play for after seeing the Cavaliers go down last night and the Hornets are all but dead. Charlotte’s defense has been horrendous the last few games and Boston has owned them this season. I’ll lay the one on the road.
Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games.
Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast.
Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Hornets are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
Hornets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss.
Hornets are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games.
Hornets are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games.
Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Hornets are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 Saturday games.
Over is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 5-1-2 in Celtics last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Over is 5-1-1 in Celtics last 7 vs. NBA Southeast.
Under is 9-2-2 in Celtics last 13 road games.
Under is 6-2-1 in Celtics last 9 games following a straight up loss.
Under is 14-5-1 in Celtics last 20 games following a ATS loss.
Over is 5-2 in Celtics last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 9-0 in Hornets last 9 overall.
Over is 5-0 in Hornets last 5 home games.
Over is 7-0 in Hornets last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 6-0 in Hornets last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
Over is 8-0 in Hornets last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Over is 9-0 in Hornets last 9 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 5-1 in Hornets last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
Under is 5-1 in Hornets last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Under is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 Saturday games.
Under is 7-2 in Hornets last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Under is 7-3 in Hornets last 10 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 9-4 in Hornets last 13 games following a ATS loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Charlotte.
Celtics are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Charlotte.
Underdog is 27-12-1 ATS in the last 40 meetings.
Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
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