Celtics vs. Hornets Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for November 28 (Tatum Returns to Lead High-Scoring Battle)

Larry Rupp
Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Mary Schwalm
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Celtics vs. Hornets Game Info

  • Date: Monday, November 28, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • Coverage: NBCS-BOS and BSSE

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Monday with a slate of 10 games, including a battle between the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics. Charlotte has now won back-to-back games after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 110-108, on Friday. Kelly Oubre Jr. dropped 28 points in that victory.

Meanwhile, Boston relied on its offense to take down the Washington Wizards by a score of 130-121 on Sunday. The Celtics shot 55.0% from the floor and drained each of their 26 free throw attempts. Jaylen Brown led the scoring with 26 points (13-of-23 shooting), while Marcus Smart tallied 7 assists.

Celtics vs. Hornets Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: BOS: (-500) | CHA: (+385)
  • Spread: BOS: -10 (-110) | CHA: +10 (-110)
  • Total: 224.5 -- Over: (-112) | Under: (-108)

The Celtics enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 224.5 points, which about average compared to the rest of Monday's projected totals.

Celtics vs. Hornets Betting Trends

  • The Celtics went 43-37-2 ATS last season.
  • The Hornets did not lose ATS (1-0) as underdogs of 11 points or more last season.
  • Last season, 41 Celtics games hit the over.
  • The Hornets had 41 of their 82 games go over the point total last season.

Celtics vs. Hornets Prediction & Pick

The Hornets are far from healthy heading into this game as they remain without LaMelo Ball (ankle), Gordon Hayward (shoulder), Dennis Smith (ankle) and Cody Martin (knee). They relied on unproven pros like Kai Jones and Nick Richards to play valuable minutes on Friday, but that won't work here.

It won't work because of Boston's insane ability to score. The Celtics rank first in the NBA when it comes to offensive efficiency and points per game (120.4). They also average 49.1 points per game from beyond the arc (No. 2 in NBA), which should come in handy against Charlotte's subpar defense.

Boston is also 8-2 straight up in its last 10 games against Charlotte, so I'll side with the home team.

Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 118 | Hornets: 110

Celtics vs. Hornets Best Bet

The Celtics are on the second night of a back-to-back, but it's worth mentioning that leading scorer Jayson Tatum will be back on the court following a one-game absence. His ankle sprain seems to be nothing to worry about now. That makes a point total set at 224.5 seem a bit too low for this matchup.

The over has cashed in four of Charlotte's last six games playing as an underdog. It has also cashed in three of the Celtics' last six games against the Hornets. Charlotte plays at a top-12 pace in the NBA, meaning it won't be afraid to keep chucking up shots to keep up with Boston's arsenal or scorers.

Bet: Over 224.5 Points (-110)

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