The Boston Celtics (11-2) travel to play the Charlotte Hornets (3-9) on Monday night. Boston has dominated the all-time series over Charlotte, owning a 75-45 record, and the Celtics have also won six straight games over the Hornets. Charlotte has hit the Team Total Under in 30 of its last 41 home games, while Boston has hit the 1H money line in 45 of its last 62 games. Terry Rozier (groin) is out for Charlotte, while Al Horford (rest) and Derrick White (personal) are out for Boston.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Boston is a 8.5-point favorite in the latest Celtics vs. Hornets odds, per SportsLine consensus. The over/under for total points is 234. Before making any Hornets vs. Celtics picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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The model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Hornets and locked in its NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Hornets vs. Celtics:
- Celtics vs. Hornets spread: Boston -8.5
- Celtics vs. Hornets Over-Under: 234 points
- Celtics vs. Hornets money line: Boston -365, Charlotte +282
- CHA: Has hit the 3Q money line in 42 of its last 77 games
- BOS: Has hit the 1H money line in 45 of its last 62 games
- Celtics vs. Hornets picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Celtics can cover
Guard Jrue Holiday is such a versatile difference-maker who plays elite defense and can defend any position 1-3. The UCLA product rebounds well and has good playmaking ability as he's first on the team in assists (5.2) with 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. On Nov. 17, Holiday finished with 14 points, eight boards, and five assists.
Center Kristaps Porzingis is a lengthy player who can space the floor, shoot from deep with ease, and is a reliable shot-blocker. The 28-year-old logs 19.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. He's dropped 20-plus in three of his last four games. In his last outing, Porzingis had 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocks. See which team to pick here.
Why the Hornets can cover
Guard LaMelo Ball is an exceptional ball-handler and playmaker whose court vision is top-notch in consistently getting his teammates involved. The 22-year-old is an effective three-level scorer as well who leads the team in both scoring (24.4) and assists (8.3). He's scored 30-plus points in three of his last four games, including on Saturday when Ball totaled 34 points, five rebounds, and nine assists.
Center Mark Williams thrives in the lane as both a rebounder and defender. Williams does most of his scoring on put-backs, lobs, and dump-offs. The Duke product is first in the league in field-goal percentage (72%) and first on the team in rebounds (9.5) with 13.5 points per game. He has supplied four double-doubles thus far, and in Friday's loss to the Bucks, Williams had 11 points and 16 rebounds. See which team to pick here.
How to make Celtics vs. Hornets picks
The model has simulated Hornets vs. Celtics 10,000 times and is leaning Under the total, projecting 222 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the picks at SportsLine.
Who wins Celtics vs. Hornets, and which side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see the picks, all from the model that is on a 82-46 roll on top-rated NBA picks, and find out.