Celtics host Bobcats in basketball action
Charlotte Bobcats vs Boston Celtics Odds
The Boston Celtics host Charlotte on Saturday, looking to build on their 35-29 mark against the 14-51 Bobcats in NBA action at TD Garden.
The Celtics sport records of 35-29 and 30-31-3 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bobcats sit at 14-51 and 21-44 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 31-32-1 for the Celtics and 28-36-1 for the Bobcats. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The visitors opened this morning as 14-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 190 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Celtics, currently No. 14 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bobcats, who rate No. 30 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-87 victory for the Celtics.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 95.9 PPG, against a Bobcats defense that ranks No. 28 at 102.8 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 45.9% so far, more than the Bobcats shooters have achieved on the year, 41.7% per game.
Defensively, the Bobcats feature the league's No. 25-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.7 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Charlotte was a 92-78 loser on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (170) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Charlotte suffered a 92-78 loss against Toronto on Friday, getting 22 points from Gerald Henderson in a losing effort at Air Canada Centre.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 112-88 winner as they battled the Raptors at home. The Celtics covered in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 200 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Boston cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Toronto out of the gym and running up a 112-88 score at TD Garden.
Charlotte Bobcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Toronto are 3-7
After a loss are 1-9
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Bobcats at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Charlotte's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Charlotte's last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Charlotte
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Charlotte
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Charlotte home to Washington, Monday, March 18
Boston home to Miami, Monday, March 18