Celtics And Hornets Separated By A Single Point With Sportsbooks

  • The Charlotte Hornets are 1.0-point betting underdogs to the Boston Celtics.
  • The Celtics are -120 on the first-quarter moneyline.
  • LaMelo Ball has -110 odds to have OVER 17.5 points.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Hornets will host the Boston Celtics on Monday night. While sportsbooks favor Boston, Charlotte could be viable betting options as the at-home underdog.

Best Game Line: Charlotte +1 Vs. Boston

Although online betting sites are favoring the Boston Celtics, the Charlotte Hornets may be the better team in this matchup. The Celtics are currently the eighth-worst team in the NBA in point differential while the Hornets are the seventh-best.

Hornets Vs. Celtics Spread Odds

  • Charlotte Hornets +1.0 -110
  • Boston Celtics -1.0 -110

Charlotte is the fifth-highest scoring team with an average of 119.0 points per game, an 11-point advantage over Boston who averages just 108.0 per game. The Celtics cannot claim a slow pace of play either, as they allow the seventh-most points per game with 116.7 while Charlotte gives up 109.7 on average.

Best Game Prop: Celtics First Quarter Moneyline

While over the course of the game the Hornets have proven to be better on both sides of the ball, the first quarter is a different story. The Hornets have the third-worst point differential in the NBA in the opening quarter at -6.0 points per game. NBA betting sites are leaving too much value on the Celtics.

Celtics Vs. Hornets First Quarter Moneyline

  • Boston Celtics -120
  • Charlotte Hornets -110

Boston isn’t great in the first quarter, it’s the time at which they are actually the strongest. They’re still outscored by 0.7 points per game but considering their overall splits and the fact that that’s still over five points better than Charlotte, it seems justifiable to bet on Boston.

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Best Player Prop: LaMelo Ball Points Total

Through three games this season, LaMelo Ball is averaging 22 points per game. This may be slightly inflated due to a 31-point performance in the season-opener but he’s also shown to have a high floor to this point with 17 and 18 points in his other two games.

LaMelo Ball Point Total

  • OVER 17.5 -110
  • UNDER 17.5 -110

The Celtics have combined to allow seven players to score 18 or more points throughout the first three games and with Ball averaging the most shot attempts per game on the team, he seems to be a good candidate to go OVER his set total.

The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. EST Monday and can be seen with NBA League Pass.