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NBA Betting? Celtics vs Suns Predictions

Monday night NBA basketball betting action sees the Boston Celtics taking on the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix, Arizona. Cappers Picks provides free NBA basketball handicapping tips all season long.

In their first two tests without PG Goran Dragic, the Suns failed. After falling to Minnesota, Phoenix put up a fight in Chicago, only to fall 112-107 in the end.

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Boston Celtics (20-33) vs. Phoenix Suns (29-27)
Monday, Feb. 23
9:00 PM ET
US Airways Center (Phoenix, AZ)
NBA Basketball Betting Lines: Phoenix -7.5
NBA Basketball O/U: 213.5
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With the season winding down, every game counts. If the Suns hope to stay in the playoff race, winning games like the one they’ll endure on Monday night is an absolute must. The shorthanded Celtics come in just 2 games out of the 8 seed in the East, but are currently 13 games under the break-even mark.


As unpredictable as it sounds, the Boston Celtics playoff hopes took a big hurt following their overtime loss to the Lakers last night. While they sit 13 games under .500, Boston is just 2 games in back of Brooklyn for the 8 seed. The weak Eastern Conference currently features 2 teams in playoff positions, under .500. The bad news for Boston is that 3 teams currently sit between them and the 8 seed.

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Boston will look for PG Evan Turner to lead the way as they hope to get back on track Monday night. Turner is only averaging 8.8 points a game, but has been stepping up as of late. In the team’s loss to Los Angeles, Turner scored 12 points and dished out 12 assists.

Newly acquired Isaiah Thomas, returns right back to where he called home less than a couple days ago as well. Thomas will be a major factor for Boston down the stretch as well. He is averaging 15.4 points a game and is coming off a 21 point performance last night.

Boston on the road this season has been anything but good. With just an 8-18 S.U. record, the Celtics will need to steal a few of these tough road games if they hope to sneak into that 7th or 8th seed.


The Suns went from a playoff contention team, to a possible rebuilding team following the deadline. With contract disputes and unhappy players, they were forced to dish out some of their highest threat scorers. However, they still have a chance to make some noise in the NBA Western Conference, but will need to string together some wins.

Since the deadline, Phoenix is now 0-2. Losing by 2 points to a young Minnesota team, the Suns followed up that performance with a 112-107 loss in Chicago. PJ Tucker stepped up for the Suns and dropped in 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in the loss. Tucker will need consistent performances like that throughout the rest of the season.

Like Tucker, Brandon Knight will also need to step his game up. In his team debut, Knight scored 13 points and 5 assists. He averaged nearly 18 points with the Bucks, before being traded to Phoenix.

Losers of 7 of 8, the Suns will need a boost quickly. Returning home, where they are 16-11, may help the cause out a little bit. Phoenix is scoring over 107 points a game on their home floor this season.

NBA Basketball Trends:

  • Celtics are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest.
  • Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.
  • Suns are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Suns are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Free 4* NBA Basketball Pick: Phoenix -7.5

The Suns are in desperate need of a complete game. With them returning home, this is the night they get things turned around.

Phoenix 107, Boston 95

Tucker and Knight lead the charge to a double digit win for the Suns.

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Tony is new to Cappers Picks and has been betting on sports since the first day he turned 18. He is a 22 year old Cleveland native who lives and breathes Indians baseball. His dream is to be part of a championship celebration at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.