[7:10 PM] Celtics @ Hornets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Boston Celtics (1-1)

@ Charlotte Hornets (1-0)


Current odds:

Boston Celtics: (-130)

Charlotte Hornets: (+110)


ESPN simulations have Charlotte as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Boston to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Celtics by 2 points.

The Charlotte Hornets opened the season with back-to-back road wins and aim to continue the success when they face the Boston Celtics in their home opener on Saturday. Charlotte’s second win came in impressive fashion on Friday as it rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to record a 97-91 road victory over the Miami Heat.

Boston was badly outworked by Chicago in its second contest, particularly with the Bulls collecting 18 offensive rebounds and scoring 18 second-chance points. Coach Brad Stevens was highly disappointed that his squad was outrebounded 67-44 and he may opt to give backup center Tyler Zeller (4.5 rebounds) more minutes against Charlotte. Shooting guard Avery Bradley leads the Celtics in rebounding (7.5) and Horford is next with an average of six per game.

Standout guard Kemba Walker scored 24 points to pace Charlotte on Friday and he was one of six players to score in double digits. Four of those players were bench players with backup shooting guard Jeremy Lamb playing the best with 16 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.

Hornets C Roy Hibbert (knee) departed after 4 1/2 minutes of Friday’s contest and is unlikely to play Saturday

Boston backup SF Jaylen Brown, the third overall pick in the 2016 draft, is averaging 8.5 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Charlotte’s victory on April 11 snapped a four-game losing streak against Boston.

StreakSmarts Pick: Boston Celtics

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick