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Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Bobcats Odds
The Bobcats hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Tuesday as the Celtics pay a visit to Time Warner Cable Arena in NBA betting action.
This season the Bobcats are 13-50 overall and 20-43 ATS against the number, while the Celtics are 34-28 and 29-30-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Charlotte is 28-34-1 on the OU, and Boston is 30-31-1.
The visitors opened this morning as 10-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 191 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bobcats sit at No. 30 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Celtics are at No. 14 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Celtics will win this game 97-86.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Charlotte's No. 27-ranked offense (92.9 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 8 at 95.8 PPG. The Bobcats have averaged 41.8% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (45.9% on average).
Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 11-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.6 points per game. Charlotte, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.
Boston lost its last outing, a 91-79 result against the Thunder on March 10. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 11-point underdog, while the 170 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Celtics endured a 91-79 loss at the hands of the Thunder on Sunday, despite a 20-point effort from Paul Pierce at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Charlotte was a 104-87 loser in its last match on the road against the Wizards. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 191 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Kemba Walker went off for 29 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Washington defeated Charlotte, 104-87 at Verizon Center.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Washington are 2-8
After a loss are 1-9
A few Celtics at Bobcats trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Charlotte
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Charlotte's last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing Boston
Charlotte is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Charlotte is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Boston
Boston home to Toronto, Wednesday, March 13
Charlotte at Toronto, Friday, March 15