Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 4/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-2)
The Charlotte Hornets (29-30) host the Boston Celtics (32-28) at Spectrum Center on Sunday. Boston opens this contest as 2-point favorites. The total has been set at 225.5.
The Boston Celtics took the court against the Brooklyn Nets and went home with a loss by a final score of 109-104 in their last contest. Boston wrapped up the contest having earned a 40.4% FG percentage (38 of 94) and knocked down 17 of their 42 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Celtics made 11 of their 16 tries for a rate of 68.8%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they compiled 54 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 21 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and getting 6 steals. In terms of defense, Boston allowed 43.0% from the floor on 37 out of 86 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 26 dimes and had 12 steals in this contest. In addition, Brooklyn snagged 47 rebounds (6 offensive, 41 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Brooklyn finished the game shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 24 of their 28 shots. They also made 11 out of their 32 attempts from distance.
Jayson Tatum is one player who had an impact for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 38 points on 14 of 27 shooting. He was on the court for 39:23 mins and grabbed 10 boards. Tatum finished 51.9% from the floor and earned 4 dimes. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Celtics was Marcus Smart. He had 5 rebounds in his 30:13 min on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 41.2% from the floor in the game by connecting on 7-of-17 (19 points). When all was said and done, Smart earned 3 assists.
Boston enters this game with a win-loss record of 32-28 for the year. They average 112.0 pts per game (17th in the league) on 46.8% from the field. The Celtics are connecting on 37.4% on 3-point shots (796 of 2,128) and 77.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Boston is snagging 44.4 boards per game and has totaled 1,397 assists for the year, which has them ranked 22nd in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 14.3 times per game and as a unit they are committing 20.2 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Celtics are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 fouls. The Celtics defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.2% (852 of 1,160) and they relinquish 42.1 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are 9th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,424 surrendered on the season. They are giving up 36.7% on 3-pointers while they are 8th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (110.0).
The last time they took the court, the Charlotte Hornets went home victorious with a score of 108-102 when they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hornets recorded 23 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 5 times, while getting 7 steals for this contest. The Cavaliers earned 20 fouls in this game which took the Hornets to the charity stripe for 18 attempts. They were able to make 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 77.8%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Charlotte converted 14 of their 40 attempts (35.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Hornets finished 40 out of 94 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.6%. The Hornets permitted the Cavaliers to convert 41 out of 80 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 51.3% in the game. They finished 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 10 of 30 and ended up going 10 of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Charlotte allowed Cleveland to snag 47 in all (11 on the offensive side).
P.J. Washington was important for the Hornets in this contest. He knocked down 9 of 18 for the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, and had 5 rebounds. Washington scored 25 points in his 37:11 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Charlotte was Terry Rozier. He ended up finishing with 6 assists in his 36:36 mins on the court, and he shot 9 of 20 from the floor. Rozier ended up shooting 45.0% from the field while earning 25 points and 1 rebound.
Charlotte has a win-loss mark of 29-30 for the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Hornets are connecting on 45.7% from the floor, which is 21st in basketball. Charlotte has scored 6,469 pts on the campaign (109.6 per contest) and they average 43.6 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 26.7 times per contest (8th in the league) and they are turning it over 15.2 times per contest. The Hornets commit 18.0 fouls per game and they hit 76.8% from the free throw line. The Hornets defensively are ranked 14th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 111.2. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (17th in the NBA). The Charlotte defense gives up 36.7% on 3-point attempts (872 of 2,374) and their opposition makes 75.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 27.4 dimes and 44.7 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 30th and 19th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (-2)
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