2004 Season NBA Basketball Past Picks
March 19, 2005
Boston at New Orleans
Saturday 03/19 08:05 PM Eastern
3 units on Boston -4 (-110) (risk 3 to return 5.73) RESULT: WIN
Boston is playing too good right now for us to be concerned about a letdown. The Celtics have won six straight games and 10 of their last 11. They hammered the Rockets on Friday who themselves were playing some of the best basketball out west. New Orleans is feeling good about itself right now, coming off a win at Chicago on Friday but that’s where it ends. The Hornets have won back-to-back games only twice since mid-January and those second games were against Utah and Golden St., not the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. It’s no coincidence that this Celtics run has come at the same time the team traded for Antoine Walker. He has added another weapon to an already potent offense as Boston has scored 103 or more points in nine of 11 games since his return. The Celtics are averaging 110.4 ppg over their last five games. Boston is second in the NBA in points on the road with 101.9 per game (over 110 in their last five) and third in shooting with a solid 45.9 percent effort away from home. New Orleans is the lowest scoring team in the league and second-to-last in scoring at home with a measly 90.7 ppg. The Celtics are rolling and there is no letting up with this offense as the Hornets will not be able to keep up. Three stars on Boston.