Charlotte Hornets will be looking for its fourth consecutive win when Boston Celtics visit Spectrum Center for a matchup in the Eastern Conference on Friday morning. The Hornets started their three-game home stretch with a 122-102 overtime win over Indiana Pacers and extended their winning streak to three matches.
Hornets’ overall record in the season at 4-3, which is a surprise considering they lost their superstar Kemba Walker in the off-season to Boston Celtics. So this is the first time the 29-year-old comes face-to-face against his former team. But he is likely to get a warm reception from the home fans for his services to the team.
Meanwhile, Boston Celtics are one a five-game winning run with their only defeat coming on the opening matchday week. So one of the team is going to either extend its winning run or see it end in this every game.
The Greens had to depend on their starting five so far. Kemba Walker is leading the team with 26.0 points per game, with Jayson Taytum second at 21.3 points and Gordon Heyward is at 20.3.
Both the teams have met 106 times in the regular season. Boston Celtics lead the head-to-head record with 63 wins, with the Hornets registering 43 wins. While both the teams split up the last season’s four-game series.
Gordon Hayward: He had a season-high 39 points in the last game and seems like he is back to where he belonged with the injuries looking very much a thing of the past.
Kemba Walker: The 29-year-old is averaging 26.0 points per game, and has 30-plus scores in three of the last four games.
Jayson Tatum: Now into his 3rd NBA regular season, the 21-year-old has started the season on a very good note, averaging a career-high 21.3 points per game. He is also recording 1.5 steals per game.
Terry Rozier: The 25-year-old left the Celtics in the off-season in search for a more prominent role and that’s what he is getting in Charlotte Hornets. He is also repaying the faith as he averaged 16.9 points per game.
Host: Charlotte Hornets
Visitors: Boston Celtics
Venue: Spectrum Center
Match Timing: November 08, 06:30 AM
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PF: Miles Bridges
SF: PJ Washington
C: Cody Zeller
PG: Terry Rozier
SG: Dwayne Bacon
PF: Gordon Hayward
SF: Jayson Tatum
C: Daniel Theis
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Kemba Walker
Hornets: Devonte’ Graham, Cody Martin, Bismack Biyombo, Marvin Williams, Malik Monk
Celtics: Brad Wanamaker, Carsen Edwards, Robert Williams, Grant Williams, Semi Ojeleye, Javote Green
Charlotte Hornets team news:
PJ Washington suffered a leg injury during the overtime win over Indiana Pacers in the last game and is listed as questionable by the Hornets. Meanwhile, Nicolas Batum remains a long-term injury absentee due to a finger injury. Batum himself declared during a recent interview that he sees himself at least two weeks from being in a situation to be ready for the real action.
Boston Celtics team news:
Celtics will hope to have Jaylen Brown on board a flight to Charlotte. As per reports, the 23-year-old has missed the last three games for Celtics due to an illness.
Enes Kanter will also be monitored before the game. The Turkish international is recovering from a knee injury.
In addition, Daniel Theis (ankle) and Robert Williams III (hip) are also listed as doubtful and will be assessed before the match.
Charlotte Hornets: Terry Rozier, Cody Zeller, Robert Franks, Devonte Graham, Ahmed Hill, Willy Hernangomez, Dwayne Bacon, Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Miles Bridges, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Caleb Martin, Malik Monk, PJ Washington
Boston Celtics: Gordan Hayward, Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Javonte Green, Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Yante Maten, Semi Ojeleye, Brad Wanamaker
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CHA vs BOS Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
Though, both the teams have the momentum, Celtics look more complete at the moment. A win for the away team is our call.