The Phoenix Suns have started their Eastern Conference road trip perfectly going 2-0 against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers. This Phoenix team is now headed to TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics. With that said, it’s time to continue our NBA odds series and make a Suns-Celtics prediction and pick.
The Suns have won eight of their last ten games en route to a record of 42-16 and the 2nd seed in the Western Conference. Similarly, the Celtics have also won eight of their last ten games but are coming off a tough loss Monday against the Bulls for a record of 31-27 and the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Suns-Celtics odds.
NBA Odds: Suns-Celtics Odds
Phoenix Suns -1 (-115)
Boston Celtics +1 (-105)
Over 221 Points (-115)
Under 221 Points(-105)
Why The Suns Could Cover The Spread
Suns’ Injury Report: Jae Crowder (out) and Abdel Nader (out)
The Suns have been playing great basketball to climb to the 2nd seed in the Western Conference. Coach Monty Williams’ team is ranked with the 7th best offensive rating and 5th best defensive rating in the league.
Offensively, this team is being led by their dynamic backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker.
CP3, the playmaker for Coach Williams’ squad, is averaging 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game. The impact that CP3 has on this team is not completely apparent through his stat line. The addition of Chris has relieved Booker of his job from last season of having to do it all—handle the ball, make plays for his teammates, and score the ball. As a result, Booker who is the main offensive weapon for this team is putting up 25.3 points per game while shooting a near very efficient 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the three-point line.
Defensively, the Suns have Deandre Ayton anchoring the paint who is averaging 1.1 blocks and 7.4 defensive rebounds per game. Moreover, Coach Williams has many defensive-minded forwards including Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson that can switch onto any players.
To cover the spread on Wednesday, the Suns will need a big performance defensively against one of the most talented young forwards in the league, Tatum. Since the Celtics are very likely to be without Brown, the main key for Coach Williams’ squad will be to force the ball out of Tatum’s hands.
Why The Celtics Could Cover The Spread
Celtics’ Injury Report: Jaylen Brown (doubtful), Evan Fournier (out), and Robert Williams III (out)
The Celtics have started to pick up some rhythm and consistency to win six straight games before their loss to the Bulls on Monday.
Coach Brad Stevens will be without three of their regular starters that have developed very big offensive and defensive roles for the team. That said, the Celtics will need both Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum to step up offensively for the team.
Tatum is currently averaging 25.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field and almost 40 percent from behind the three-point line. Meanwhile, Walker has been putting up 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field.
The key for the Celtics to cover the spread will be to find more offensive production from some of their main rotation players like Marcus Smart, Tristan Thompson, and Payton Pritchard.
Final Suns-Celtics Prediction & Pick
Statistically, the Suns are both a better defensive and offensive team compared to the Celtics who are just beginning to find their rhythm. In addition, the Celtics are suffering from a lot of injuries to their key players, including Brown, Fournier, and Williams. For those reasons, the Suns should cover the spread on Wednesday and pick up their third consecutive win in their Eastern Conference road trip.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION & PICK FOR SUNS-CELTICS: PHX 114, BOS 106 (PHX -1)