*10* NBA TOTAL OF THE WEEK (Power Sports) ~ 2 for 2 w/ NBA TOW So Far!
Boston vs. Charlotte,
11/07/2019 20:00 EDT,
Score: 108 - 87
Total: -102/+217½ Under
10* Under Celtics/Hornets (8:05 ET): Boston has won five straight and has the best win percentage in the Eastern Conference. I don't think they've been nearly as impressive as Milwaukee has, but they did beat the Bucks once (coming back from 19 down). Of course, it also helps to have faced the Knicks twice. The Celtics' last two victories haven't been all that impressive as they were by a combined eight points over New York & Cleveland. We faded the C's in Cleveland Tuesday and came away w/ a push. Here it's a play on the Under. They won't be matching the hot shooting from that Cleveland game.
While Boston was shooting 56.5% from the field in Cleveland, Charlotte got to go to the free throw line 42 times in what ended up being a 122-120 OT win over Indiana. Neither team is going to come close to matching those numbers from the respective last games. The Celtics are still only shooting 44% overall even after the win in Cleveland. Gordon Hayward scored 39 points vs. the Cavs, going a ridiculous 16 of 16 on 2-pt attempts. Again, that's not going to happen here. The Hornets average 23 FT attempts per game, so getting to the charity stripe 42 times like they did vs. Indiana also seems unlikely to repeat itself.
The huge number of free throw attempts was almost solely responsible for the Hornets beating the Pacers Tuesday. Indiana got only SEVEN FT attempts the entire game! Despite the massive edge at FT line, Charlotte still almost lost as it allowed the Pacers to shoot 54.3%. I'd look for better defense here. Note the game prior, which the Hornets also won, was a 93-87 final against Golden State. Winners of three in a row, the Hornets have alternated going Over and then Under all season. All four games w/ Boston went Over LY, but it's a new season and this should be a low-scoring game. The Celtics hold teams to 104.7 PPG, which is 2nd fewest in the Eastern Conference. 10* Under Celtics/Hornets