The Boston Celtics and New Orleans Hornets are both expected to make the playoffs but neither team is playing very well right now. They meet on Wednesday night in New Orleans in a NBA betting game that can be seen on NBA-TV. The Celtics are coming off a home loss on Sunday to Orlando while the Hornets also lost to Orlando on Monday. The Celtics lead the season series against New Orleans as they won back in November and Boston swept the season series against the Hornets a year ago, winning both games.
Celtics is a 4 points favorite at SBG Global with a total of 192.
Paul Pierce has been dealing with an injury and he may not even play for Boston on Wednesday. “Paul didn’t do a lot today,” said head coach Doc Rivers on Monday. “We actually pulled him out early. He practiced, but he wasn’t moving well and we just took him out. He’s questionable. I think he’s going to play, but right now we’ll wait and see.”
The Celtics have not played well of late but Rivers was pleased with the team’s attitude. “They responded with a great practice, so that’s good. We have to get back to work, back to that workman mentality — back to being the best defensive team in the NBA betting,” Rivers said. “We have to get back to executing better. We can’t just keep relying on guys coming back from injuries. That’s thrown us off because of a lack of practice time, but that’s become an excuse around here and we’re not going to allow that. We can’t allow that.”
Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points per game last NBA betting season against the Hornets while David West led New Orleans with 19 points per game. Boston is 8-3 against New Orleans since the 2004-2005 season. Pierce had 27 points in the win over New Orleans in November.
The Celtics are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 vs. the Southwest Division. The Celtics are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
The Hornets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Hornets are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Atlantic.
The Under is 4-1 in the Celtics last 5 overall. The Over is 4-0 in the Hornets last 4 overall.