The Celtics are favored in what should be an exciting basketball betting matchup. Here are some of the important numbers and trends to consider for this matchup between New Orleans and Boston.
NBA betting has the Hornets in the first half of a back-to-back as they are at New York tomorrow. The Hornets are expected to be an improved team this season that can impact NBA betting results. They had a ton of injuries a year ago that really affected them. Just how bad was it last year for the Hornets in regards to injuries? They lost 93 man games to injuries, including 62 by its starters. The starting lineup of Chris Paul, Rasual Butler, Peja Stojakovic, David West and Tyson Chandler played only 25 games together. This season the Hornets brought in Emeka Okafor to take Chandler’s place. The other new starter for the Hornets this season is third-year forward Julian Wright. The Hornets are led by Chris Paul though and he is the one who will impact NBA betting odds on a regular basis.
The Celtics started the season strongly in NBA betting as they went on the road and upset Cleveland. The Celtics look hungry and focused to have a great year. They could be a team to watch with a healthy Kevin Garnett and a motivated Paul Pierce. The team also added Rasheed Wallace and he can impact NBA betting. Ray Allen does look older but the team has an exciting young point guard in Rajon Rondo who can pick up the slack.
The Celtics have had a lot of success recently in NBA betting against New Orleans. They have won 7 of the last 10 games straight up and they are 7-3 against the basketball betting pointspread. The teams met twice last season in NBA betting. Boston won both games and neither was close in basketball betting. The Celtics won 94-82 at home and 89-77 at New Orleans. Both of those games went under the NBA betting total. The Celtics have covered four of the last five in NBA betting at home against the Hornets.
This should be an entertaining NBA betting contest on Sunday. Whenever a game is televised it draws more attention in basketball betting and that should be the case on Sunday with the Hornets and Celtics.