Free NBA Picks Today: Charlotte Hornets vs Boston Celtics 1/16/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Charlotte Hornets vs Boston Celtics 1/16/23
Mon 16th January 2023

The Charlotte Hornets (11-33, 5-15 Home) will try to slow down one of the NBA’s top scoring teams when they host the Boston Celtics (32-12, 15-7 Away) on Monday.

The teams will be playing their second straight game against each other. Boston defeated Charlotte 122-106 at Spectrum Center on Saturday, their sixth win in a row and their fourth consecutive head-to-head.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 33 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. LaMelo Ball had 31 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds in the loss. The Celtics are three games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets atop the Eastern Conference, currently sitting in first.

The Hornets are 15th in the Eastern Conference. Boston is undefeated in the season series against Charlotte, getting the win in both of their meetings. The Celts have been led this season by Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are averaging 30.6 and 27.2 points per game, respectively. Tatum is fifth in the NBA in scoring.

Tatum also has grabbed 8.2 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart is dishing 7.4 assists per game. Terry Rozier (21.0 ppg) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (20.2) have been the primary providers for the Hornets on offense. Rozier also has doled out 5.2 assists per game. Mason Plumlee has averaged 9.8 rebounds per game.

The Celtics rank as one of the top scoring offenses in the league, second-best with 118.5 points per game. The Celtics have had the advantage in recent visits to Spectrum Center, winning seven of the last 10. Boston has won four in a row away from TD Garden this season. Charlotte has dropped four straight at home this season.

In the last 10 games, Boston is 8-2 with an average margin of +6.5 (117.8-111.3). Charlotte has gone 2-8 over the last 10, allowing 120.1 points per game on average while scoring only 114.3 (-5.8 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Malcolm Brogdon: 20.0 | 14.1 | +5.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Mason Plumlee: 32.6 | 24.6 | +8.0
Nick Richards: 7.3 | 14.7 | -7.4
Points per game:
Terry Rozier: 26.6 | 21.0 | +5.6
Rebounds per game:
Mason Plumlee: 13.2 | 9.8 | +3.4
Nick Richards: 2.3 | 5.8 | -3.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Boston Celtics -8.5 (-110)

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