Free NBA Pick: Suns vs Celtics NBA Odds
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(22-49) Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics (46-26)
Friday NBA features two teams with completely opposite goals at this point in the 2016-17 season. Phoenix is looking to pile up the losses en route to collecting more ping-pong balls in June and improving draft position.
Boston, on the other hand, is looking to prove it belongs in the discussion of second-best team out East, and therefore biggest challenger to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
All this considered, it’s easy to see why we have such a high spread in the Celtics’ favor. The question is: Can Boston live up to such a dramatic spread?
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Phoenix enters this contest with an overall record of 22-49. On the road, this team is 9-26.
The good news for Suns fans is that this group has been far better than advertised against the spread. On the year, the Suns are 34-36 ATS with a road record of 16-18.
Those numbers aren’t going to blow anyone’s mind, but it proves that this team (with its high-powered offense) can at least keep up.
Against Boston, Phoenix is going to look to do what it always does: Get out and score in transition. This team can get out and score easy buckets, which is crucial considering how poor the defense has been.
On the season, the Suns are tied with the New York Knicks for 26th in the NBA in points per 100 possessions allowed (108.8) and 29th in points per game allowed (112.5).
The Boston Celtics haven’t been the defensive juggernauts that most believed they’d be this season. Numerous outlets had this team being a top-five defensive squad, but that hasn’t been the case.
Entering this game, the team is 14th in points per game allowed (104.9) and tied for 13th in points per 100 possessions allowed (105.3) with the Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons.
Against Phoenix, that could prove to be problematic. The Celtics should have little problem scoring in this one (especially if your name is Isaiah Thomas), but stopping the Suns (even when they’re shorthanded), will be a task.
With that in mind, the Celtics must be cognizant of when and how often they look to get out in transition. It’s much more important to control the pace when you have a team like Phoenix on the other side looking to take advantage of a fast-paced flow to the game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Suns are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Suns are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Friday games.
- Suns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Celtics are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific
Free Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The Suns aren’t going to win this game straight up, but the trends above show why this team isn’t in danger of dropping this one against the spread, either.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: PHX ATS
Give this one to the Celtics at home, but don’t be shocked when the Suns put up enough points to pick up the win ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston Celtics 118 – Phoenix Suns 109
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