28 October 2019 21:09
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.
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 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.