Charlotte Hornets vs Boston Celtics 1/19/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics Matchup Preview (1/19/22)
The streaking Charlotte Hornets will head north to Boston to face the Celtics in TD Garden. The last time these two teams played, the game went to overtime, where Boston was eventually able to pull away by a score of 140-129. Boston has had an underwhelming season thus far, consistently hovering just above or below .500. The Celtics don’t have any injuries to deal with, which is a positive if they try and make a push for the playoffs in the second half of the season. Marcus Smart is in COVID protocols but is listed as questionable for this game, while Robert Williams III missed the C’s last game due to the birth of his child. Williams should be back, and Smart could be returning, too. The Hornets are in a similar situation, with no significant injuries. The only player on the injury report is Kelly Oubre Jr, who is in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. This game should be a close one, especially considering the result the last time they played, so look below at who I got pulling this one out!
Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics Betting Odds
This game will come down to which Celtics offense shows up on Wednesday. If we get the Celtics offense that dropped 140 on Charlotte in an overtime game earlier this season, then Boston should be able to come out victorious. However, if Boston fails to score 115+ points, the Charlotte Hornets should win because they rarely get beat when opponents have off shooting nights. The Hornets want to play fast, and the only way to keep up is by scoring, which Boston has struggled with at times this season, ranking 20th in offensive efficiency. Still, the Boston Celtics have Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum healthy and ready to go, so expect them to get a home win in this one. I will take the Celtics ATS on Wednesday.
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Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: TD Garden – Boston, MA
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Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup
Charlotte Hornets Analysis
The Charlotte Hornets are winners of five of their past six games, with their only loss coming in a bad home loss to the Orlando Magic. They are still second in points per game, sixth in offensive efficiency, sixth in eFG% (effective field goal percentage), and fourth in 3P% (three-point percentage.) In short, they have been beating teams that struggle to put points on the board. Additionally, Charlotte ranks 29th in opponent points per game, 26th in defensive efficiency, and 28th in opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage.) It is no surprise that the Hornets are a mediocre defensive team based on how they play, but that could bite them in this matchup with a healthy Tatum and Brown.
Boston Celtics Starting Lineup
Boston Celtics Analysis
If the Celtics knew what was good for them, they would be looking to make some moves at the trade deadline. Right now, they are in “No Man’s Land,” where they aren’t winning enough games to make the playoffs, despite having two superstars on their team, but aren’t losing enough games to get a top pick. If Boston was close to being a top dog in the Eastern Conference, then I would understand its hesitancy in making big waves, but as it stands, it is not. Small moves may buy the C’s some time but will not advance them any farther along this season. Guard play is a serious issue as they rank 24th in the NBA in assists per game and 23rd in 3P% (three-point percentage.) It would not shock me for Brad Stevens to make a massive move before the trade deadline, but in the meantime, this Boston team is the one that will continue taking the floor.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics Daily Fantasy Picks
While Ja Morant currently is the runaway favorite for the Most Improved Player in the 2021-22 NBA season, Miles Bridges is still lurking around with the second-best odds to win the award. Bridges has led the Charlotte Hornets to a 24-20 record a little over halfway through the season, averaging 19.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. Additionally, Bridges is fresh off his best game of the season, dropping in 38 points while bringing in 12 rebounds and dishing out five assists against the struggling New York Knicks. It’s not too late for Bridges to make a push in the second half of the year to jump back in front as a MIP favorite, especially after his 38-point explosion; however, he will need to be a bit more efficient from behind the arc, and the Hornets will have to be even better. Bridges has shot merely 31.7% from three this season, which is not spectacular as his career average is nearly three percent higher. Still, Bridges has developed his offensive skill set so much in a short period, evolving from merely a lob threat to a multi-dimensional offensive weapon.
If you are seeking out a DFS player that could go nuclear against the Charlotte Hornets and their abysmal defense, look no further than Jayson Tatum. In the only game that the Celtics have played the Hornets this season, Tatum dropped an absolute bomb on them, putting up 41 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. On the year, Tatum has averaged 25.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, which is a relatively similar output to his 2020-21 season. While it has been challenging to find the games when Tatum or Brown has more of an advantage to putting up big numbers, the Charlotte Hornets lend an obvious choice. This game should be close, but Tatum could be in line for another 35-40 point game while filling up the rest of the stat sheet, similarly to Westbrook in his MVP season.