Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/25/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Monday, October 25, 2021
Venue:  Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Where to Watch:  BSSE

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Celtics NL, Hornets NL; Over/Under:  NL points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Celtics NL, Hornets NL; Over/Under:  NL points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Celtics NL, Hornets NL; Over/Under:  NL points
 

Season Record

Boston Celtics:  1-2 (5th place, Atlantic Division)
Charlotte Hornets:  3-0 (1st place, Southeast Division)
 
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Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Boston Celtics:  won on the road on Oct. 24 against the Houston Rockets 107-97.
Charlotte Hornets:  won on the road on Oct. 24 against the Brooklyn Nets 111-95.
 
 
 

Boston Celtics Analysis

The Celtics are coming into this game with a 1-2 record overall to start their season off and they are 1-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. Their season started off with 2 straight losses to the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors but they finally bounced back and snapped that losing streak with a win against the Rockets on Sunday night. Jayson Tatum went off in that game leading his team in points with 31 along with 2 assists and 9 rebounds. Dennis Schroder was 2nd on the team with 18 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds while Grant Williams had 18 points as well off the bench along with 2 assists and 3 rebounds. Schroder along with Marcus Smart both led the team in assists in that game with 5 each while Al Horford led the team in rebounds with 10. Their offense is averaging 108 PPG in their first 3 games while their defense is allowing 116.7 PPG. They opened as a 6 point favorite in their last game with that line closing around 5 points while the point total opened at 225.5 and dropped to around 221 by the time that line closed. The Celtics covered that spread winning the game by 10 points while the game stayed under the total with 204 total points.
 
 

Charlotte Hornets Analysis

The Hornets are coming into this game with a 3-0 record overall to start their season off and they are 1-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have opened their season with 3 straight wins against the Indiana Pacers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Brooklyn Nets and they come into this game riding that 3 game winning streak. They beat the Nets on Sunday night and Miles Bridges went off in that game as he led his team in points with 32 along with 2 assists and 9 rebounds. LaMelo Ball also had a nice night with 18 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Gordon Hayward led the team in assists with 6 while Bridges and Kelly Oubre Jr. both led the team in rebounds with 9 each in that game. Their offense is averaging 119 PPG in their first 3 games while their defense is allowing their opponents to score 109.7 PPG against them. The Hornets opened as an 8.5 point underdog with that line moving up to around 9 by the time it closed while the point total opened at 231.5 with that line getting up to 233.5 by the time it closed. The Hornets not only covered that spread but they won the game straight up on the moneyline as a +330 underdog while the game stayed under the total with 206 total points.
 

 

Celtics vs Hornets Prediction

The Celtics are coming into this game as a 1 point favorite on the road with the current betting odds. They are coming off of a big win in Houston and now travel to Charlotte for this game while the Hornets are coming off of an even bigger win against the Nets in Brooklyn and will now be at home for this one with their undefeated record still. Both of these teams are on a back-to-back in this game. The Hornets have been playing very well but this could be a let down spot for them after that big win against the Nets the previous night while Boston just got their first win of the season and have been looking better than in their first 2 games so they will have a lot of confidence coming into this game. The best bet to place in this game is on the Celtics to cover the spread or win straight up on the moneyline in this game as they are catching the Hornets in a bad spot.
 
Celtics Hornets Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Monday, October 25, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Celtics 104 Hornets 98.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Boston Celtics: 1088-1062 ATS in all games. 389-315 ATS as a road underdog. 556-502 ATS in road games. 348-327 ATS in the first half of the season. 198-161 ATS against Southeast division opponents.
Charlotte Hornets: 657-682 ATS in all games. 163-178 ATS as a home underdog. 324-341 ATS in home games. 232-241 ATS in the first half of the season.
 

Key Injuries

 
Boston Celtics:  J. Brown (SG) Ques Mon - Knee injury. R. Langford (SG) Ques Mon - Calf injury.
Charlotte Hornets:  T. Rozier (PG) Ques Mon - Ankle injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum is one player to watch in this matchup. He really stepped in their last game leading the team in it with over 30 points to help his team get their first win of the season. They are on a back-to-back here and in Charlotte taking on the undefeated Hornets so look for him to step up again and carry that same intensity over into this game to help his team hand Charlotte their first loss of the season.
 
Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball is one player to watch in this contest. He leads the team in assists this season and he has played well in every game this season. He has been a scoring machine for his team and a big part of the reason why they are still undefeated through 3 games. Look for him to have another good game here as he looks to give his team a 4-0 start this season.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"I wish we could have cleaned up a couple things. I think we gave them too much life at the end when we had that lead. It's tough to win in this league. Just to get that first one of the season, I hope we can build off it." - Jayson Tatum on the way his team played in their first win of the season against the Rockets.
 
 
"That's big. That just shows where our growth is. As long as he's being mature and we're all being mature, we're going to keep winning." - Miles Bridges on LaMelo Ball telling the coach to leave Ish Smith in the game over him because he was rolling in their win over the Nets.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Boston Celtics
PG    Marcus Smart 
SG    Jaylen Brown
SF    Jayson Tatum
PF    Al Horford
C    Robert Williams III
 
Charlotte Hornets
PG    LaMelo Ball
SG    Terry Rozier 
SF     Gordon Hayward
PF    Miles Bridges
C    Mason Plumlee
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Boston Celtics
PPG: J. Brown (27.5)
APG: D. Schroder (5.7)
Reb/G: A. Horford (10.5)
 
Charlotte Hornets
PPG: M. Bridges (25)
APG: L. Ball (6)
Reb/G: M. Plumlee (9.7)
 
Coaches:
Boston Celtics: Ime Udoka (1st season)
Charlotte Hornets: James Borrego (4th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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