In this high-caliber duel between two of the best teams of their respective conference, the third-best team of the West, the San Antonio Spurs (17-8), are hosting the leaders of the East, the Boston Celtics (22-4), with both teams being extremely hot and streaky lately and want to keep it that way.
Date/Time: 12-08-2017, 21:30 EDT
Spread: San Antonio Spurs -2.5
Spurs have a 17-8 record (13-11-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit on the third place of the West. They are 8-2 in their last 10 and in their last game they won at home against Miami with a 117-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LaMarcus Aldridge with 22.6 ppg, adding a team high 8 rebounds per game, while Kawhi Leonard will not suit up for this game.
Celtics have a 22-4 record (19-6-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the first place of the East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against Dallas with a 97-90 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.5 ppg, adding 5 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.8 ppg and 5.9 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 14.3 ppg and team highs both in assists with 5.4 and in rebounds, with 8 per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Celtics won at home with a 108-94 score. Spurs are 12-2 at home, while Celtics are 10-2 on the road. Celtics are better offensively, scoring 104.5 ppg to Spurs’ 101.3, while both teams are almost equal and the best in the league defensively, allowing 97.2 and 97.3 ppg. Spurs have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.5% to Celtics’ 44.9%, while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.3% to Spurs’ 37%. Celtics are better in rebounding, grabbing 45.3 to Spurs’ 44.3 and in turnovers committed (14.2 to 14.4), while Spurs are better in assists made, with 23.3 to Celtics’ 22.8. Celtics are not super-hot as they were a week ago and Vegas odds give Spurs a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat those odds for a close home victory tonight.
Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction: San Antonio Spurs -2.5 (-108)
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