Preview: Boston At Charlotte

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Monday, March 30, 2015
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Matchup Edge
BOS Edge in: CHAR
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The Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics are both on the outside looking in at the top eight in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets will be trying to jump past the Celtics when they host the final meeting of the regular season between the teams on Monday. Boston is coming in on the second night of a back-to-back after getting pounded 119-106 at home by the Los Angeles Clippers and subsequently surrendering its hold on the No. 8 spot.

The Celtics had no answer for the Clippers’ starting backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick and fell behind by as much as 35 points in the third quarter before a brief rally made the final score more respectable. Charlotte caught a break on Saturday when visiting Atlanta rested all five of its starters and took advantage with a 115-100 victory that snapped a three-game slide. The Hornets enter the matchup a half-game behind the Celtics and one game behind eighth-place Brooklyn.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, CSN New England (Boston), SportsSouth (Charlotte)

ABOUT THE CELTICS (32-41): Boston finished up the Western Conference portion of its schedule with the Clippers on Sunday and will go a long way toward determining its ultimate fate this week with games against Charlotte, Indiana, Milwaukee and Toronto. The Celtics got a total of five points from the starting backcourt of Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley on 2-of-13 shooting on Sunday, and Smart is 4-of-20 in the last four games. Picking up some of the slack is Isaiah Thomas, who has averaged 18.5 points in the last two games while working back from a back injury.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (31-41): Charlotte has a backcourt that could give Boston fits just like the Clippers and Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker and Mo Williams combined for 59 points and 14 assists in the win over the Hawks on Saturday. The Hornets were held under 90 points in losses to Brooklyn and Chicago but started to find their offense in a 110-107 loss at Washington on Friday before putting it together against Atlanta. “Moving forward, (Monday) has big implications obviously,” Henderson told the Charlotte Observer. “We want to make the playoffs – that’s what it comes down to. Whoever wants that game more will win the game.”

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Charlotte F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) sat out Saturday and is not expected back for Monday.

2. Celtics F Brandon Bass is 15-of-27 from the field in the last four games.

3. Boston took the last meeting, 106-98 at home on Feb. 27, after dropping the first two of the season.

PREDICTION: Celtics 96, Hornets 92

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Boston 32-41 L1 18-19 14-22 2-7 30-34 10-4 20-23
Charlotte 31-41 W1 17-19 14-22 2-1 29-40 8-6 23-20

Last Meeting

Boston Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/27/15 CHAR 98 BOS 106 106 47 41.7 98 48 45.1

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BOS I. Thomas 28 40.9 8
CHAR M. Williams 31 39.1 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BOS J. Jerebko 10 5 5
CHAR M. Kidd-Gilchrist 11 2 9
Assists Player  
BOS I. Thomas 7
CHAR L. Stephenson 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
BOS A. Bradley 1050 43.4 74
CHAR A. Jefferson 1153 47.4 119
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
BOS J. Sullinger 502 154 348
CHAR A. Jefferson 586 107 479
Assists Player  
BOS E. Turner 414
CHAR K. Walker 301

Quickchart Matchup

Boston  Off vs  Charlotte Def
100.7 Points For
97.1 Points Against
44.0 FG%
43.9 FG%
44.1 Reb
43.9 Reb
Charlotte Off vs  Boston Def
95.0 Points For
101.6 Points Against
42.3 FG%
44.9 FG%
43.9 Reb
44.9 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-4
-110
194.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag
-110
-3
-110
196
Sportsbook.ag
-110
-3
-110
196
5Dimes
-110
-3
-110
195.5
GTbets.eu
-110
-3
-110
195.5
Top Bet
-110
-3
-110
196
BetOnline.ag
-105
-3
-110
195
BetDSI
-115
-2.5
-110
195.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-105
-3
-110
196
Superbook.ag OFF OFF
BookMaker
-115
-2.5
-110
195.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-3
-110
195
Wynn Las Vegas
-110
-3
-110
196.5
Boyd Gaming
-110
-2.5
-110
195.5
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston Overall Charlotte
32-41 W/L 31-41
41-31-1 ATS 35-35-2
37-35-1 O/U 36-36-0
100.7 Pts For 95.0
101.6 Pts Against 97.1
Boston A/H Charlotte
14-22 W/L 17-19
22-14-0 ATS 14-22-0
16-20-0 O/U 19-17-0
100.1 Pts For 95.4
102.6 Pts Against 96.8
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