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Suns vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics
- Where: Boston at TD Garden
- Date: Friday, February 3rd
- Betting Odds BOS -9.5, PHO +362 | BOS -480 O/U 224.5
The Suns come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 27-26. So far, the team has gone 27-24-2 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Suns are coming off a disappointing 132-100 loss to the Hawks. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 1 points. Phoenix struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 19 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Mikal Bridges led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 33.3%.
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 37-15. So far, the team has gone 26-25-1 against the spread. In today’s game, Boston will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 23.5 points.
In their previous game, the Celtics took down the Nets by a score of 139-96. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 9 point favorites. Boston was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Nets in each quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Jayson Tatum, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 63.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Suns averaged 109.5 points per game vs the Celtics. Similar to the Suns, the Celtics scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Phoenix, the team averaged 106.5 points per game. The Celtics have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 5 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 205 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Phoenix offense is ranked 21st in the NBA in scoring at 112.7 points per game. The Suns come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.7 made 3’s per game. If the Suns offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 97.9 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, the Suns are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.33 points per contest (9th).
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Suns 2nd leading scorer, Devin Booker. In his 29 games, Booker is averaging 27.1 points per game while dishing out 5.6 assists and grabbing 4.6 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Mikal Bridges, who leads the team and is 76th in the NBA at 16.9 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 46.1% of his field goal attempts while taking 14.9% of the team’s shots from the floor.
The Boston offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 2nd ranked offense at 118.2 points per game. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.6 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Boston is ranked 6th in fewest turnovers per game.
So far, the Celtics have played well defensively, as they are ranked 1st in the league at 104.48 points per contest.
Power-Foward Jayson Tatum currently leads the Celtics at 31.1 points per game. For the season, he is 9th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.5% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Tatum is averaging 8.7 boards and 4.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 20th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jaylen Brown enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 46 games, he is averaging 27.0 and is 53rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Suns vs Celtics Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Suns +9.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 224.5