The Charlotte Hornets are coming off a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, but prior to that, they beat the Boston Celtics – the team they’ll face on Wednesday. However, visiting Charlotte is coming into this game on the rear end of a back-to-back and could show some signs of fatigue in this matchup. The same can be said about the Celtics, though, as they are riding a two-game losing streak and are in desperate need of some momentum. Which of these teams have the upper hand in this one in the sportsbook?
Charlotte Hornets at Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 – 7:30 P.M. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
The Charlotte Hornets have become one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the NBA. Most of that is because of their flashy plays and young talent, although they will be without some of that in this matchup. Charlotte will be missing potential Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball, Malik Monk and Gordon Hayward against Boston. However, the Hornets still have a number of players on this roster who can step in. Terry Rozier has been phenomenal at times, averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists, while P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges combine for a great forward duo in the starting lineup. This team is fast and plays with a ton of energy on the floor, we already saw them take down the Celtics on Sunday so a win here is more than possible.
Charlotte is 7-5 against the spread in its past 12 matchups when coming into a game with no rest. Given how young this team is, it isn’t surprising to see the Hornets perform better than most with little preparation time.
The Boston Celtics could be in trouble in this matchup as injuries continue to be taking their toll on the team’s starting lineup. Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker were all ruled out for the first half of the team’s back-to-back on Tuesday, so it is unclear whether any of them will make it onto the court in this game. Assuming they do, though, the duo of Tatum and Jaylen Brown has given opposing teams headaches on the court. Tatum averages 25.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists while Brown averages 24.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists. When these two are able to get themselves going early, it is very hard to take them down. If Tatum can’t play and Brown has an off night, Boston may not have the bench depth to pick up the scoring void.
The over is just 12-18 in the last 30 matchups for the Celtics when they have been playing at home. Boston has struggled with consistency due to various injuries across the starting lineup, which could take a toll on its scoring here.
Hornets vs. Celtics Prediction:
Hornets 113, Celtics 109