The Boston Celtics (13-13, 13-13 ATS) will try to put their L.A game behind as they clash with one of the West’s juggernauts, the Phoenix Suns (20-4, 12-12 ATS), at Footprint Center on Saturday at 10 PM EST.
Will the Celtics snap a two-game losing skid? Will the Suns roll to another winning streak?
BetUS.com pegged the visiting Celtics at +4.5 underdogs to the Suns, who just racked up a season-high 18 consecutive wins. The bookmaker also placed the total at 213 points, indicating this game’s unpredictability from the scoring standpoint.
Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns Betting Lines
ATS: Celtics +4.5
Moneyline: Celtics +165, Suns -190
O/U: 213 points
Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns Team News
On Friday, Celtics swingman Josh Richardson could sit for an extended period after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocol. The league hasn’t released information confirming whether or not Richardson tested positive for COVID-19. What remains certain for now is Richardson will miss the Celtics’ Road game vs. Phoenix on Saturday. He faces the possibility of missing more if his tests return positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Devin Booker will stay on the sideline for the fourth straight game with a hamstring injury. The two-time All-Star hasn’t played a game since hurting his hammy in the first of two matchups with the Warriors last week.
Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns Injury Report
Celtics: Dennis Schroder – Questionable (Ankle), Jabari Parker – Illness (Probable), Jaylen Brown – OUT (Hamstring), and Bruno Fernando – OUT (Back).
Suns: Frank Kaminsky – OUT (Knee), Devin Booker – OUT (Hamstring), Dario Saric – OUT (Knee), and DeAndre Ayton – Questionable (Illness).
Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns Preview
The Celtics dropped their games against the Lakers and Clippers in the team’s latest stop in L.A. Jayson Tatum dropped 34 and 29 points in those two games. However, his effort went for naught without regular contributions from his teammates. In the game against the Clips, Tatum played terrific basketball. Yet, his performance got overshadowed by a career night from Brandon Boston Jr. The rookie guard exploded for 27 points in 25 minutes to put the Celtics at bay throughout the ballgame.
Chris Paul recorded 21 points and 10 assists while Joe Crowder added 19 to power the Suns past the Spurs, 108-104. The win put the Suns back to the winning column after their 18-game win streak ended at the hands of the Warriors.
Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns Prediction
Fearless Forecast: Celtics upset the Suns behind another big night from Jayson Tatum.
The Celtics won 6 of their last 10 head-to-head meetings with the Suns. Moreover, Boston has shown from their previous battles that they can stifle the Suns to under 103 points. Phoenix boasts the fourth-best offense in the league at 111.42 PPG. On the other hand, Boston has been smothering opponents to just 44 percent shooting – 9th best in the NBA.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Phoenix.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games against Boston.
- In 4 of Phoenix’s last 5 games, the total has gone UNDER.
Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns Betting Pick
Pick: Celtics +4.5 cover the spread and capture SU win. UNDER 213 points.
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