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The Boston Celtics will travel to the AT&T Center on Wednesday night to take on the San Antonio Spurs in their first meeting of the season. The Celtics are 10-6 and are riding a two-game winning streak after traveling to Chicago to defeat the Bulls 119-103 on Tuesday night. The Spurs are 9-8 on the season but are just 3-5 at home. They played against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night and won 121-101.
These teams have been very similar on both sides of the ball so this should be a very entertaining and close game. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Celtics and Spurs to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
Carry the Offensive Load
Shooting guard Jaylen Brown has taken a lot of the scoring duties as Jayson Tatum is getting readjusted to the lineup after a positive COVID test. Brown is averaging 27.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals in 32.6 minutes per game. He is shooting incredibly well as he is shooting 52.8 percent from the floor, 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, and 76.9 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Bulls, Brown played 30 minutes and finished with 26 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals. If he can continue scoring as he has been this season, the Celtics could have another solid option.
The Boston Celtics have been an average defense this season as they are allowing 109.9 points per game, which is tied for 10th in the league. In their last game against the Bulls, they gave up 103 points on 41-of-88 (46.6 percent) from the field, 17-of-39 (43.6 percent) from beyond the arc, and 10 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to limit some of the easy shots they allowed, they will be a better defensive output.
If I Shoot It, It Goes In
The San Antonio Spurs have been relying on small forward DeMar DeRozan to carry the offensive load this season. He is averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals in 33.8 minutes on the court. He is shooting the ball at a good clip as he is 45.8 percent from the floor, 31 percent from three-point range, and 88.7 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Wizards, DeRozan played 27 minutes and finished with nine points, three rebounds, eight assists, and a steal. If he can figure out a way to have a similar game with more time on the floor in this matchup, he will thrive.
The San Antonio Spurs have been a solid defense to begin the year as they are giving up just 110.6 points per game, which is 14th in the league. In their last game against the Wizards, they allowed 101 points on 39-of-92 (42.4 percent) from the floor, 14-of-42 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and 14 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to limit the amount of open shots from beyond the three-point line being taken against them, they will be an even scarier defense than they already are.
San Antonio: 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games
Boston: 35-13-3 ATS in their last 51 Wednesday games
Boston: 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Boston should be more respected in this game than they are currently with Jayson Tatum getting back in the groove of things. Boston has been doing well and Jaylen Brown has proven to be a productive option shooting the ball. The Celtics are solid against the spread when they are considered the favorite. The Celtics should be able to win by multiple possessions so go with Boston in this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
Boston is averaging 113 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting while San Antonio is averaging 111.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. The over has hit in seven of the last eight Boston games where they faced off against a team with a winning record while the Spurs had the over hit in eight of the last nine San Antonio games in the same scenario. Go with the OVER in this game.