28 October 2019 21:09

Teams with plenty to play for meet on Saturday when the Charlotte Hornets host the Boston Celtics.

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After a tough-to-swallow loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, the Boston Celtics seek to erase a two-game losing streak on the road against the Charlotte Hornets. Following two straight wins against non-contenders, the C's drops a pair of games to playoff teams last week, falling to the Denver Nuggets on Monday and the Sixers two nights later. LIVE STREAM: Boston Celtics visit Charlotte Hornets live on skysports.com, Sky Sports app and YouTube Watch here via our live stream; NBA clash also showing on Sky Sports Arena and Mix The Boston Celtics visit the Charlotte Hornets on NBA Saturdays and you can watch the game here with our free live stream on skysports.com and the Sky Sports mobile app. The Celtics (43-29) remain in the hunt for a top-four playoff seed in the East but have yet to consistently meet the lofty expectations placed on them following last season's run to the Eastern Conference finals. With Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on their roster, many believed it would be they, not the Milwaukee Bucks, leading the East as the postseason loomed.

That has not happened, thanks in part to ongoing speculation over Irving's future in Boston, Hayward's struggle to recapture the All-Star form that preceded his year-long injury absence and the team's young core (Tatum, Brown, Terry Rozier) adjusting to new roles after excelling last season. The good news for 'Gang Green' is that they still have time to attain their best form and secure a top-four place in the East, guaranteeing all-important home advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The Celtics have won six of their last 10 games and boast a 17-18 road record meaning that victory in Charlotte is by no means assured. Charlotte have hit a run of poor form at the wrong time, winning four of their last 10 games to slip to 10th place in the Eastern Conference, three games back from Miami, who currently occupy the eighth seed. Their second-highest scorer, Jeremy Lamb, averages a meagre 15.2 points per game while Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams barely average double-figure scoring.

Watch the Boston Celtics visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday at 10pm on a free live stream available on skysports.com, the Sky Sports app and Sky Sports' YouTube channel - TV subscribers can also watch the game on Sky Sports Arena Boston Celtics (43-29) at Charlotte Hornets (32-39) The Celtics visit the Charlotte Hornets for the 4th and final meeting this season. Charlotte has won just 4 of their last 15 games and coach James Borrego decided to shake up the lineup in Thursday's game home game against the Timberwolves and it paid off. Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon started in place of veterans Nicolas Batum and Jeremy Lamb and played Willy Hernangomez, who has played just 4 games since February 2, 23 minutes and Malik Monk 19 minutes, the most minutes he has played in a month. The Celtics are 5th in the East and have pulled to within half a game of the Pacers, who lost to the Warriors on Thursday. The Celtics have fallen 4 games behind 3rd place Philadelphia and likely will not be able to catch them.

The Hornets are just 1-9 in their last 10 games against the Celtics. The Celtics have also brought back Greg Monroe on a 10 day contract but it isn't clear at this time if he will be with the team for this game or not. He can help as Horford sits out games for rest and if Baynes needs a little more time to heal completely. For the Hornets, Cody Zeller will miss his 6th game with a knee injury. Hopefully in this game Marcus Morris will snap out of his slump as the Celtics will need some production from him with Horford expected to miss the game.

The Celtics must continue to make defense a priority and play tough individual and team defense if they want to win. The Celtics play the best when the scoring is spread out and no one player has to do too much. Play 48 Minutes - The Celtics have gotten into the habit of either starting off slow and needing to catch up or getting off to a big lead and then letting up and allowing the opponent to get back into the game with a chance to win and a lot of confidence. Bench Play - The Hornets have some players coming off their bench that could give the Celtics trouble. Tony Parker, Willy Hernangomez, Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lamb, Nicolas Batum and Malik Monk have all given the Celtics problems in the past.

The Celtics reserves must come out and play hard and match the energy of the Hornets reserves Head coach James Borrego switched up his rotations in the Hornets most recent game: a 113-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now, the Hornets will look to desperately build on that game as they host the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at Spectrum Center. Led by all-star point guard Kyrie Irving and a talented cast, the Celtics have somewhat underachieved during the regular season. If there is any positives, the Hornets do have a home win over the Celtics this season. Although that win was great, Boston won both of its home games against Charlotte this season. The most recent matchup was a 126-94 home win for the Celtics on January 30th. In the end, a lot of things have to go right for the Hornets if they want a shot at winning this game. With more of the younger Charlotte players getting playing time, it will be interesting to see if the positive response against the Timberwolves continues into this game with the Celtics. Teams with plenty to play for meet on Saturday when the Charlotte Hornets host the Boston Celtics. The Hornets (32-39) need a strong finish if they are going to make the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the Celtics (43-29) try to move into the top four of the conference to secure home court advantage in the first round. This time around, Boston is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Celtics vs. The model knows the Celtics, fifth in the East and third in the Atlantic, are just half-a-game behind Indiana for the 4-seed in the conference. The Celtics are sixth in 3-point percentage (.364), while the Hornets are 21st (.349). Guard Kyrie Irving scored 36 at Philadelphia on Wednesday and is averaging 31.8 points over his last four games. He had 27 points at Charlotte in the first meeting on Nov. 19, while adding 25 against the Hornets on Dec. 23. That's because the Hornets play well at home, where they are 22-15. Celtics spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $4,000 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.