Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 1/16/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Monday, January 16, 2023
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Charlotte
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-9)
The Boston Celtics are traveling to Spectrum Center on Monday where they will go up against the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte is 9-point dogs. The total has been set at 228.
The Celtics played the Hornets and took home the win by a score of 122-106 in their last game. Boston ended with a 47.5% field goal percentage (47 out of 99) and knocked down 19 out of their 53 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 9 of their 10 shots for a rate of 90.0%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they earned 46 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 35 dimes in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 8 steals. With regard to defense, Boston allowed the other team to go 46.6% from the floor on 41 of 88 shooting. Charlotte earned 21 assists and had 2 steals for this contest. Additionally, Charlotte collected 46 boards (10 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Charlotte ended up shooting 84.2% when shooting free throws by making 16 of 19 attempts. They converted 8 of their 27 shots from distance. Concerning fouls, the Celtics ended up with 15 and the Hornets recorded 11 fouls.
Jayson Tatum is a player who had an impact for this contest. Tatum shot 44.4% from the floor and also dished out 6 dimes. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also snagged 9 boards. He accounted for 33 points on 12 of 27 shooting.
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Boston comes into this matchup with a mark of 32-12 this year. They average 118.5 pts per game (2nd in the league) while shooting 47.8% from the floor. The Celtics are hitting 36.9% on shots from beyond the arc (680 of 1,844) and 82.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, Boston is pulling down 44.3 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,177 assists for the year, which has them ranked 5th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.7 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Celtics are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers per game and they draw 19.8 fouls. They concede 35.5% on 3-point shots while they are 12th in the league in PPG allowed (112.2). The Celtics are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.0% (1,861 of 3,959) and they concede 43.8 boards per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 3rd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 989 conceded so far this season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Hornets took a loss by a final score of 122-106 when they faced the Celtics. Regarding team rebounding, Charlotte allowed Boston to get 46 in all (14 offensive). They went 35.8% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 19 of 53 and ended up shooting 9 out of 10 at the charity stripe (90.0%). The Hornets allowed the Celtics to make 47 of 99 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.5% in the matchup. Overall, the Hornets shot 41 out of 88 from the floor which had them shooting 46.6%. With regard to shots from distance, Charlotte made 8 of their 27 tries (29.6%). They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. The Celtics earned 15 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Hornets to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They also coughed it up 11 times, while earning 2 steals in the game. The Hornets recorded 36 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 46 in the matchup.
LaMelo Ball was important for the Hornets for the matchup. Ball accumulated 31 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 9 dimes in the game. He made 11 out of 27 in the matchup giving him a rate of 40.7%, and had 7 rebounds.
Charlotte has a record of 11-33 this year. As an offensive unit, the Hornets are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which is 28th in basketball. Charlotte has scored 4,929 pts for the season (112.0 per contest) and they average 45.5 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 25.3 times per contest (12th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.0 times per contest. The Hornets are responsible for committing 21.3 personal fouls per contest and they go 74.9% from the charity stripe.
The Hornets defensively are ranked 28th in the league in points given up per game with 118.7. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.1% from the floor (25th in the NBA). The Charlotte defense surrenders 36.1% on 3-pointers (568 of 1,573) and opponents are knocking down 78.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 26.6 assists and 46.1 boards every game, which ranks them 30th and 28th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (-9)
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