NBA Picks: Celtics vs. Hornets

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:53 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 12:53 PM UTC

The Celtics hope to rebound after letting a big lead slip away to the Miami Heat on Monday night while the Hornets try to put an end to a four game losing streak. Let's see which side of the NBA odds is the right side to be on.

Swinging Johnson - NBA Record (10-13,-13.4 units)

*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.


Sometimes it all seems so easy and other times every game is a coin flip. Those are the games you pass but because my assignment was to write on the Hawks/Nets contest on Sunday, I had to pick a side. Well, I tepidly advised a meager 1 unit play on the Nets -4 (-120) and the choice looked pretty decent at half time. However it was not to be, as the Hawks cost us money again, as they not only covered the number but won the game outright.

Boston Celtics (36-30 SU, 32-31-3 ATS)

The Celtics came this close to putting an end to the Heat's obnoxious 22-game winning streak Monday night but Boston let a 17 point lead slip away to become Miami's latest victim. The Celts have been without Kevin Garnett for the past few games (flu, strained abductor) but the big man is probable for tonight's game against the Hornets. 

However, if Jeff Green keeps his mask and cape on then the C's may not even need Garnett. Green stole the show with a career-high 43 points but it was just not enough as the Green (not to be confused with Jeff Green) ran out of gas late in the game.

Boston has been a bit enigmatic recently. They had won five straight before hitting a wall in Oklahoma City where they got handled 91-79 on March 10th. Two nights later they tipped off against one of the worst teams in basketball as 11 point road chalk and got massacred by Charlotte 100-74. They then returned home and so did their offense in a 112-88 drubbing of Toronto and followed that up with payback to Charlotte from a week earlier when they cruised to a 105-88 win. And of course, Monday night they could not seal the deal when they bowed 105-103 to the white hot Miami Heat. 

New Orleans Hornets (22-46 SU, 33-34-1 ATS)

The Hornets have lost seven of their eight games and Monday night's defeat at the hands of the Warriors was just the latest abomination in a season chock full of them. Despite cutting the lead to a respectable margin late in the game, New Orleans still managed to get blown out by 21 points in the first of a three-game homestand. 

At least the Hornets can look to the future with the rookie out of Kentucky Anthony Davis playing solidly in his freshman campaign. Davis has averaged 17.6 points, 11 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and even a steal over his last five games. He got out of the gate slowly this season, hampered by injuries but he has certainly adapted to the rigors of the NBA as the season has worn on.

New Orleans does not do much of anything very well. A mediocre team defense is about the best thing one can say about this year's edition. Other than that, they rank 21st in rebounds, 23rd in assists and 25th in points scored.


The Pick:

Despite how lousy the Hornets have played it appears they have the Celtics' number recently. Amazingly enough, New Orleans has won the last four of five against the Celtics and look to sweep the season series tonight. Earlier they handed the Green a 90-78 defeat on January 16th.

When it comes to placing our NBA picks, I'm staying out of the side here because I'm not sure how the Celtics will respond after the heartbreaking defeat they suffered to Miami on Monday night. I also know I don't want to back a lousy team like the Hornets even if they are home and in spite of their success against Boston. Regardless who wins, loses or covers this is certain to be a slow down brain drain kind of game. We believe that the best value lies in betting the total, and we say it stays low...very low.

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