Charlotte Bobcats at Boston Celtics Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/10/2014
Friday, April 11, 7:30 PM on SPSO, CSNE
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Celtics are in good position to get some 'tank wins', aka losses, down the stretch as they play 3 of their final 5 games against playoff teams. Unfortunately Philadelphia also looms but Charlotte would love to do their part in giving Boston a bump in the loss column as the Bobcats look to move up into the 6 seed and avoid a first round meeting with the Pacers.
The Bobcats have turned it around by winning four straight over Washington, Philadelphia, Orlando, and Cleveland. Prior to that they had struggled losing 4 of 6. Although a postseason berth was never in trouble, it's best to compile wins towards the end of the year to establish momentum.
When it comes to momentum, Boston is on a steep hill with the gas floored and the brake pedal not even a thought. The C's went on a 7-game losing streak with Atlanta and Charlotte on the horizon. Boston currently has the fourth worst record in the league but can let Orlando jump them by a game with losses down the stretch and end up with the third best lottery probability.
Game three between the teams represents the rubber match as each squad has a win this season. November 13th saw an 89-83 Charlotte win as +5.5 road underdogs while Boston visited the Time Warner Cable Arena 12 days later and won 96-86 while getting 3.5 points. If matchup three was strictly about who wanted it more the Bobcats would be the play but it very rarely works that way.
Charlotte is 22-15-1 ATS on the road this season
Charlotte is 22-15-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Boston is 16-23-0 ATS at home this season
Boston is 18-21-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
12/21/13 G Jeffery Taylor Achilles out for season
10/25/13 C Brendan Haywood Foot out indefinitely
04/07/14 F Josh McRoberts Ankle questionable
04/07/14 G Avery Bradley Achilles questionable
04/07/14 F Jared Sullinger Quad probable
04/07/14 F Kris Humphries Knee probable
02/28/14 F Gerald Wallace Knee out for season
02/20/14 C Vitor Faverani Knee out indefinitely
01/14/14 G Keith Bogans Personal out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Charlotte
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