NBA Betting Picks: San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics Preview
But On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs (14-22 SU, 20-16 ATS) will play the second of a back-to-back when they meet the Boston Celtics (18-19 SU, 20-17 ATS) at TD Garden. Will the Celtics win their third straight game or will the Spurs bounce back from a blowout loss on Tuesday?
Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Betting Odds and Lines
More than/Under: 223
Point spread: Spurs +7.five (-110)
Moneyline: Spurs +260  / Celtics -320
Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Injury Report
All injury reports are at the time of writing. Preserve an eye on any late adjustments as the injury reports are fluid until tip.
The Spurs will be with no Doug McDermott, Devontae Cook and Lonnie Walker all to Health and Security Protocols. Zach Collins also remains out with an ankle injury. The biggest injury update for the Spurs is the probable return of Dejounte Murray from Health and Security Protocols.
For the Celtics, Romeo Langford (illness) and Brodric Thomas (Back) are out. Jabari Parker (Dental Operate) and Aaron Nesmith (Wellness and Security Protocols) are questionable while Robert Williams (Toe Sprain) is probable.
Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Preview
Dejounte Murray Returns for Spurs
The Spurs have been without having Dejounte Murray since December 23rd. In those six games without having Murray, San Antonio is 16th in Offensive Rating, 9th in Defensive Rating and 13th in Net Rating, per NBA Advanced Stats.
With Murray on the court this season, the Spurs are 6.three points greater in Offensive Rating and 2 points much better in Defensive Rating. From the starting of the season to December 23rd, when Murray initial was out, the Spurs had been 9th in Offensive Rating, compared to 16th in the games he missed. On the season, Murray is averaging 17.eight PPG, eight.eight AST and eight.four Rebounds.
The Spurs have lost their final 4 games, failing to cover in 3 of those four. Losing Lonnie Walker and Doug McDermott has hurt this group, and the return of Murray to the lineup will be really the welcome sight for this struggling unit.
Celtics Falling Short of Expectations
At 18-19, the Boston Celtics have been 1 of the larger underperformers therefore far. They are 21st in Adjusted Offensive Rating, 5th in Adjusted Defensive Rating and 10th in Adjusted Net Rating, per Dunks and Threes.
They’ve won their last two games at home against the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. But they got the Suns in a poor spot on New Year’s Eve with an afternoon commence, and they followed up that dominance with a close 116-111 win more than the Magic in Overtime.
Prior to these two games, although, they had lost eight of their final 11. It’s worth noting that Jason Tatum will return for the Celtics in this one.
Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction
The Spurs have been blown out in Toronto last evening, losing 129-104, with Fred Van Fleet dropping 33 points alongside Gary Trent’s 21 points. The Raptors shot 18-44 from three (41%) although the Spurs shot an abysmal 9-35 (25.7%).
With Dejounte Murray likely back, though, I think we’ll see a more confident offensive showing from the Spurs. It is a back-to-back, but some principal rotation players weren’t involved late in yesterday’s game due to its blowout nature.
Furthermore, this is shaping up to be 1 of the pros vs. joes sides of tonight’s NBA slate. Although the Spurs are obtaining just 44% of the bets, a whopping 98% of the money is backing them, and we’ve observed some reverse line movement from Spurs +eight to Spurs +7.five.
I like the Spurs in this spot to give an inspired effort after getting embarrassed final evening. They’ll have their major man in Dejounte Murray back in the fold, and the Celtics just can’t do sufficient offensively to warrant becoming an 8 point preferred against a respectable Spurs unit. This line must be closer to 6, so I see worth on this line down to Spurs +six.five.
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