The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Monday night.
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The Boston Celtics are going through a bit of a slump as they’ve won just three of their last eight games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Jazz in a 98-86 home loss on Saturday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 20 points on eight of 16 shooting while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 10 points, but no other player finished in double figures as the Celtics shot just 38 percent from the field and five of 33 from the three-point line. The Celtics haven’t been at their best on the offensive end and it cost them in the third quarter where they made just eight shots to finish with 17 points. With the loss, Boston dropped to 9-7 overall and 4-5 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have split their last six games but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the 76ers in a 122-119 overtime loss on Saturday. Kemba Walker led the way with a season-high 60 points on 21 of 34 shooting, Jeremy Lamb added 20 points with 10 rebounds while Cody Zeller chipped in with 10 points and four assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 42 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the three-point line but despite all of Walker’s highlight plays, the game went down to the final second in overtime and it was the 76ers’ Jimmy Butler who stole the game on a clutch three with time expiring.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home, 0-5 ATS in their last five road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, 7-17-1 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the road team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the Celtics are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings in Charlotte and 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
The Celtics were aiming for a third straight win before the Jazz held them to a season-low 86 points on Saturday, so they’ll be eager to atone for that loss on Monday. The Hornets continue to hover around .500 and they will be coming into this one still scratching their heads about their overtime loss to the 76ers. The Celtics are still playing well below their best but I’m not surprised that their road favorites here against the Hornets who couldn’t win despite 60 points from Walker on Saturday. The Celtics are just 2-7 ATS in their nine road games this season but with the line so low, I think they get the win and cover in this one.