NBA Picks: Lay The Juice & Take Celtics To Smash The Hornets

Kevin Stott

Monday, April 11, 2016 11:00 AM GMT

Monday, Apr. 11, 2016 11:00 AM GMT

The Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Hornets meet at TD Garden Center in Boston in a potential Round 1 NBA Playoffs preview. Join us in finding the best NBA Pick for this exciting game!

Two of the most impressive teams and two to watch for the Future in the NBA’s Eastern Conference are the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Hornets, two young groups who have really started to jell this Regular Season. On Monday the two meet at TD Garden Center in Boston in a potential Round 1 NBA Playoffs preview should the two teams end up finishing in the 4th and 5th spots. Let’s take a quick look at the L10 meetings in this series, weigh any Trends, Injuries or other realities and provide an NBA pick or two from the findings in this showdown which is big for both teams, but maybe more so for the Hornets who haven’t beaten (or covered against) Boston in the L4 meetings and could really use use a Win for their Heads should these two end up meeting in the Postseason next week.

 

Odds Overview
Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics (47-33 SU, 27-12 Home) play host to Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets (46-34 SU, 17-23 Road) at the TD Garden in Boston on Monday night in the final Regular Season meeting between these two teams who have both had impressive seasons and who could end up meeting in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs should the Celtics finish in the 4th spot and the Hornets—now in 6th place, ½ game behind the now 5th-place Miami Heat (46-33)—somehow end up in 5th place. Oddsmakers Offshore have opened the host Celtics up as 7-point favorites (Heritage) in this game with the Total (Points) opening up at 208½ (at Bookmaker). The Money Line (Winner) NBA odds see host Boston priced at -290 with the visiting Hornets lined at +256 on the takeback as the Road underdog.


 

Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets (42-27-1 ATS, 20-20-0 ATS Road) and Head Coach Steve Clifford have come together the way they had hoped and although maybe not ready to knock off LeBron James and the defending conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers (-225 to win Eastern Conference), the Hornets (+4000 to win Eastern Conference) could be a nightmare Round 1 draw for whomever ends up getting them in the NBA Playoffs which begin on Saturday (April 16). Charlotte has put together a nice group of futuristic, young players who should buoy the Michael Jordan-owned organization for the next decade, including electric PG and Hornets leading scorer, Kemba Walker (21.2 ppg), SG Nicolas Batum (15.1 ppg), C Al Jefferson (11.6 ppg) and PF Marvin Williams (11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) as well as key role players like PG Jeremy Lin (11.7 ppg), C Cody Zeller (8.9 ppg), C Spencer Hawes (5.9 ppg, 4.3 ppg), F Frank Kaminsky (7.4 ppg), SG Courtney Lee (9.2 ppg) and SF PJ Hairston (6.0 ppg). In their last game on Sunday, the Hornets (103.1 ppg-100.7 ppg) were defeated by the Washington Wizards, 113-98 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC as Kaminsky (18 points, 11 rebounds) led Charlotte in scoring followed by Walker (16 points), Williams (14 points) and Batum (10 points). The Hornets were outscored in every Quarter (28-27, 27-21, 31-26, 27-24) by the Wizards and will be playing on the second straight night of Road Back-to-Backs here in Beantown on Monday (7-8-0 ATS on 0 Days Rest, but 5-1 ATS L6). Charlotte is without the services of talented young G Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Shoulder) who is Out for the Season after having Surgery. The Hornets will host the Orlando Magic in the last game of the Regular Season on Wednesday night (FSFL, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT).

 

Boston Celtics
Now in 4th place in the East, the Boston Celtics (41-38-1 ATS, 22-16-1 ATS Home) and Head Coach Brad Stevens will probably actually need to win this game on Monday and maybe Wednesday night’s Regular Season finale vs. the Miami Heat (ESPN, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT) in order to lock down the precious No. 4 spot and the Homecourt advantage that comes with it. And the Heat may be in a position where that game in Boston (+2000 to win Eastern Conference) could give them the No. 4 spot in the East, depending on what happen in Miami’s remaining 3 games (The Heat just beat the Magic, 118-96 on Sunday in a game in which evened the Heat’s Record with Boston at 47-33, so we have a very fluid situation to say the least.) In their last game, the Celtics lost 118-107 to the upstart Hawks in Atlanta on Saturday at the Phillips Center as the Hawks used a strong 2nd Half to earn the victory and overtake the C’s for the 3rd spot in the conference. Marcus Smart led Boston with 19 points while Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder each scored 16 points in the harsh setback which ended a 4-game winning streak and meant much in terms of Boston not having to worry about locking down Homecourt edge for the opening round of the Postseason. Now, they have to worry but maybe that’s a good handicapping angle for this game—as is the fact Miami just won—against a team who will have Traveled the night before while Boston laid resting in wait, still bitter about the Loss at Atlanta. The Celtics (105.9 PF-102.6 PA) are reporting no Injuries heading into this important game.

 

Trends, Recent Relevant Series Information and Picks
In the L10 meetings in this series, the Celtics have done pretty well, going 7-3 ATS and winning (SU) and covering ATS the L4 straight with the Total split 5-5 in those 10 meetings. In the last meeting—the L3 have all been in Charlotte, so big edge to Boston here because of that and the significance of the game—the Celtics won 102-89 in Charlotte on Dec. 23, covering ATS and winning outright as 2-point Underdogs (204½, Under) while Boston also won the first meeting this Regular Season, rolling to a 98-93 win at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte—the Hornets (+8000 to win NBA championship) new Hive—and winning outright as 3-point underdogs (202½, Under). So, Boston and Jared Sullinger have W4 in a row in this series by 13, 5, 12 and 8 points. Both teams have skewed toward the Under this year—Boston (38-42-0, Charlotte 37-40-2 O/U)—and the Under is 8-3 ATS in the L11 Boston Home games, 9-2 the L11 Boston games playing on 1 Day Rest and 22-8 in the L20 Hornets games played on a Monday. However, the Over is 4-1 ATS the L5 meetings in this series here in Boston.

Avery Bradley and the Celtics are just 2-6 ATS in their L8 games overall and have to be a little tired after their recent West Coast Road swing. Boston (34-16-1 ATS L51 Monday games) is 6-2 ATS the L8 against teams from the Southeast Division. With Boston having W4 straight ATS here, needing the Win, being bitter about losing to the Hawks and the Heat tying them Record-wise at 47-33, this is a good scheduling spot for the hosts, playing a team it may be just a little more mature than and motivated by Fear of losing out on Home-court advantage for Round 1 of the Playoffs by losing in their L2 games of the Regular Season. And the Boston crowd will get that reality and should help, even though it’s a Monday and the Weather has been miserable in the Northeast. At least the Celtics (+8000 to win NBA championship) have rebuilt, are entertaining and can hang with the Big Boys of the East these days in the Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and those aforementioned Hawks.

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Final Score: Celtics 105 - Hornets 95
NBA Pick:  Celtics -280
Best Line Offered:  at BetOnline

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