Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics Prediction 3/14/2024

The Phoenix Suns (38-27) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (51-14) on Thursday, March 14th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.

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The Suns Are Coming Off A Win

In their most recent game, the Suns took down the Cavaliers by a score of 117-111. The Suns turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 70-63.

As they take on the Celtics, the Suns are hoping to keep their above .500 record intact, which currently sits at 38-27. When playing away from home, the Suns are 17-13 this season, while they are 21-14 when playing at home.

Phoenix has an overall ATS record of 25-39 as they come into today’s game. When playing on the road, the Suns hold an ATS record of 13-17 in contrast to a 12-22 record against the spread when playing at home.

The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win

In the game against the Jazz, Jayson Tatum was the top scorer for Boston, recording 38 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 46.7%. Derrick White also added 24 points as the Celtics won the game by a score of 123-107.

With an overall record of 51-14, the Celtics are ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference and are 1st in the Atlantic division. They are also focused on extending their three game winning streak.

Boston has an overall ATS record of 32-30 for the season so far. The Celtics are currently on a three game ATS win streak when they are the favorite, and they hold a 2-1 record against the spread as underdogs.

Suns Offense Breakdown

The Phoenix offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 11th ranked offense at 117 points per game.

On the season, the Suns are 11th in the NBA in scoring at 117 points per game. However, when playing on the road, they are 7th in the league with an average of 117.1 points per game.

Phoenix is one of the top teams in the NBA in terms of field goal percentage, ranking 5th at 49%. They are also 4th in the league in true shooting percentage.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Suns are 10th in the NBA with a three-point percentage of 37%. However, they are just 21st in the league in three-point makes per game.

Celtics Offense Breakdown

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Leading up to today’s matchup, the Celtics are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 120.8 points per game (2nd).

At home, the Celtics are averaging 123.4 points per game, which is the 2nd highest mark in the NBA. Overall, they are 2nd in the league in scoring at 120.8 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Celtics are the top team in the league in both made threes per game (16.3) and three-point attempts per game (42.3). Their three-point percentage is 38% (4th).

Overall, the Celtics are 10th in field goal percentage at 48%. In terms of pace, they are 18th in the league at 97.8 possessions per game.

Suns Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Suns defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 44.6% of their games. Currently, they are 16th in the NBA at 114.3 points per game allowed. In their previous matchup vs. the Cavaliers, the Suns’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 54% leading to 111 points.

Celtics Team Defense

So far, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 5th in the league at 109.6 points per contest. Boston struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Jazz, giving up 14. For the game, Utah scored 107 points in the game.

Key Players For The Suns And Celtics

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Kevin Durant as the primary point contributor for the Suns, finishing with 28 points while maintaining a 10/20 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 28.5 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds.

On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 26 and grabbing 8 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.3% and is averaging 27 points per contest.

Suns vs Celtics Trends

  • Across their ten previous road games, Phoenix has an ATS mark of 4-6. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 118 points per game.
  • In their last three home games, Boston has averaged 120 points per game while allowing 104. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.
  • As the betting underdog, the Suns have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Phoenix posted a straight up mark of 4-6 in these matchups.
  • Through their last three games as the favorite, the Celtics have an ATS record of 3-0 and a straight up mark of 3-0.

Suns vs Celtics Prediction

Not only do we have the Celtics winning this one by a score of 120-111, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Celtics at -5.5.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228 and given that our model is projecting 231 points between the teams, we like the over.

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