Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Boston Celtics (11-2) at Charlotte Hornets (3-9) Sport #14 11/20/23


The Celtics go to the Charlotte Hornets for the primary of three conferences this season. They may play once more in Charlotte on April 1 and can meet in Boston on April 12. The Celtics received the collection 4-1 final season and have received 8 of their final 10 video games towards the Hornets. The Celtics blew out the Hornets 127-99 in Charlotte of their preseason finale. The Celtics have received the final 4 conferences in Charlotte.

The Celtics are 75-45 total all time towards the Hornets. They’re 35-25 when taking part in in Charlotte. The Celtics are first within the East and have received their final 6 video games. They’re 6-2 on the highway and 8-2 of their final 10 video games. The Hornets are thirteenth within the East and have misplaced their final 4 video games. They’re 1-6 at residence and 2-8 of their final 10 video games.

The Hornets are taking part in the 4th recreation of a 5 recreation residence stand. They’re 0-3 up to now on the house stand dropping to Miami, Milwaukee and New York up to now. They may play yet another recreation on the house stand as they face the Wizards on Wednesday, earlier than heading out on a 3 recreation highway journey. The Celtics are taking part in within the remaining recreation of a 4 recreation highway journey. They’re 3-0 up to now on the journey. They may return residence to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

The Hornets are brief handed and have been plagued with accidents up to now this season. Former Celtic Terry Rozier has missed the final 7 video games with a groin harm. Jame Bouknight has but to play this season with a knee harm however has been cleared for group actions. Nick Richards has a concussion. Cody Martin (knee) hasn’t performed since January and Frank Ntilikina (leg) has been out because the preseason. All are anticipated to be out for this recreation.

Jaylen Brown was questionable for Sunday’s recreation however performed and appeared effective so ought to play on this recreation. Al Horford is on the harm listing as out for relaxation, which isn’t a shock since he hasn’t been taking part in in again to again video games. Derrick White was a late addition to the harm listing for private causes. I’m guessing that Jaylen Brown will slide to the two guard and Sam Hauser will begin at small ahead.

Possible Celtics Starters

PG: Jrue Vacation
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Sam Hauser
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis

Celtics Reserves
Delano Banton
Oshae Brissett
Sam Hauser
Al Horford
Luke Kornet
Svi Mykhailiuk
Payton Pritchard
Lamar Stevens
Jordan Walsh

2 Manner Gamers
JD Davison
Nathan Knight
Neemias Queta

Accidents/Out
Al Horford (relaxation) out
Derrick White (private) out

Head Coach
Joe Mazzulla

Possible Hornets Starters

PG: LaMelo Ball
SG: Brandon Miller
SF: Gordon Hayward
PF: PJ Washington
C: Mark Williams

Hornets Reserves
Miles Bridges
Bryce McGowens
Ish Smith
Nick Smith, Jr
JT Thor

2 Manner Gamers
Amari Bailey
Leaky Black
Theo Maledon

Accidents/Out
James Bouknight (knee) out
Cody Martin (knee) out
Frank Ntilikina (leg) out
Nick Richards (concussion) out
Terry Rozier (groin) out

Head Coach
Steve Clifford

Key Matchups

Jrue Vacation vs LaMelo Ball
Ball is averaging 24.4 factors, 5.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.5 steals per recreation. He’s taking pictures 42.3% from the sector and 38.5% from past the arc. He’s a enjoyable participant to observe and will give Vacation a problem to defend.

Sam Hauser vs Gordon Hayward
Hayward is averaging 14.6 factors, 4.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per recreation. He’s taking pictures 43.1% from the sector and 32.1% from past the arc. He has performed in 11 of the 12 video games for the Hornets up to now, which along with his harm historical past is excellent. I count on Sam Hauser to begin reverse Hayward, which might be enjoyable with as a lot alike as the 2 gamers look.

Honorable Point out
Jayson Tatum vs PJ Washington, Jr
Washington is averaging 14.8 factors, 5.3 rebounds and a couple of.0 assists per recreation. He’s taking pictures 45.5% from the sector and 30.6% from past the arc.

Keys to the Sport
Protection – Protection is all the time a key to profitable. The Celtics are 2nd with a defensive ranking of 106.5. The Hornets are final with a defensive ranking of 121.4. The Hornets are fifteenth in scoring with 113.1 factors per recreation. The Celtics are 1st in 3 level makes an attempt with 44.3 and twelfth in 3 level proportion at 33.1%. The Hornets are twenty eighth with 29.5 three level makes an attempt per recreation and twenty eighth in 3 level proportion at 33.1%. The Celtics particularly want to protect the paint because the Hornets are 2nd within the league with 58.3 factors within the paint per recreation.

Rebound – The Celtics can’t rating in the event that they don’t have the ball, and one of the best ways to get the ball is the seize rebounds. The Celtics are 1st within the league with 47.6 rebounds per recreation whereas the Hornets are thirteenth with 44.4 rebounds per recreation. It’s going to take a group effort to beat the Hornets on the boards. The Hornets are seventh within the league with 15.3 second likelihood factors per recreation and so the Celtics have to crash the boards to maintain them from getting put backs and 2nd likelihood factors.

Don’t Underestimate – The Hornets are shorthanded with 5 gamers both out or questionable. They’ve received simply 3 of their 12 video games up to now. It will be straightforward for the Celtics to return in anticipating a straightforward win and never giving their greatest effort. Nevertheless, a detailed brush towards the equally shorthanded Grizzlies on Sunday must be a get up name for them to not underestimate the Hornets. The Celtics have to begin robust and play laborious all through the sport. They’ll’t count on to win, even towards a depleted group that isn’t taking part in effectively, in the event that they don’t play laborious and provides it their all.

X-Components
On the Highway and Fatigue – The Celtics are on the highway for the fourth straight recreation away from TD Backyard. They’re taking part in within the remaining recreation of a highway journey, which is commonly the hardest to win. They should get previous the distractions of journey and taking part in in entrance of a hostile crowd. They’ve to focus on taking part in the best method and ignore all of the distractions. They’re taking part in on the second night time of again to again video games and so fatigue might come into play on the finish of the sport.

Lure Sport – The Hornets are lacking 5 gamers. Derrick White and Al Horford are out. It’s the final recreation of a highway journey. They’re dealing with the Bucks on Wednesday. It’s the second night time of again to again video games for the Celtics they usually needed to journey after Sunday’s recreation. The Hornets are rested. There are quite a few elements that make this a entice recreation for the Celtics. Hopefully, after a detailed escape in Memphis, they’ll take this recreation significantly and play to place them away early.

Officiating – Officiating is all the time an x-factor. Some officers name the sport tight and name each little little bit of contact. Others allow them to play and permit each groups to be bodily. Some refs give the house group the good thing about the calls whereas others favor the highway group or name it even. Some refs simply make head scratching calls as they did within the Grizzlies recreation. The Celtics have to focus on taking part in their recreation and never enable dangerous calls and no calls to remove from their concentrate on taking part in.

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