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Celtics vs Spurs NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs
  • Where: San Antonio at AT&T Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds SA +13, BOS -854 | SA +578 O/U 235.0

The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 27-12. So far, the team has gone 21-17-1 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

In their previous game, the Celtics took down the Mavericks by a score of 124-95. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. Boston was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Mavericks in each quarter. In the win, Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 36.4%.

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The Spurs come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-26. So far, the team has gone 18-21-0 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, San Antonio has an overall record of 1-2, including going 2-1 against the spread.

The Spurs will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Pistons by a score of 121-109. Heading into the game, they were 1 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. San Antonio went on to win the game, as they led by 3 heading into halftime. In the win, Tre Jones led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 61.1%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

The Spurs are coming off a season in which they defeated Boston in both of their games, winning by scores of 96-88 and 97-88. Last year, the Celtics saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Spurs, averaging 92.5 points per game. Like the Celtics, the Spurs scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 97.5 points per game vs Boston. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Spurs have an average scoring margin of +5 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 5-0. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 223 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Heading into play, the Celtics offense is rated 1st in the league in scoring, averaging 118.7 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Celtics are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.9 per contest. Although the team tends to play at a more deliberate pace, they are currently one of the more efficient shooting teams, connecting on field goal attempts at a rate of 47.8%.

So far, the Celtics have played well defensively, as they are ranked 1st in the league at 104.48 points per contest.

This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 37 games, Tatum is 5th in the NBA at 30.7 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 47% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 57.599999999999994 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 7.1 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.3 assists.

Through 39 games, the Spurs are averaging 111.9 points per contest, placing them 23rd in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Spurs will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. If the San Antonio offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 15.6 turnovers per game.

On defense, the Spurs will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 23rd ranked unit in points allowed per game.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Spurs 2nd leading scorer, Devin Vassell. In his 29 games, Vassell is averaging 19.4 points per game while dishing out 3.6 assists and grabbing 4.0 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Keldon Johnson, who leads the team and is 41st in the NBA at 21.2 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 42.6% of his field goal attempts while taking 19.4% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Celtics vs Spurs Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Spurs +13
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 235.0

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