San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics - 3/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (30-37) at San Antonio Spurs (42-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -9.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics travel to the AT&T Center to battle the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
The Boston Celtics have won seven of their last nine overall but hit a bit of a speed bump on Wednesday when they had their five-game win streak snapped with a 122-118 loss to the Thunder. Marcus Smart had the hot hand and led the team in scoring with seven threes en route to 25 points while Brandon Bass and Kelly Olynyk added 20 points each, but it still wasn't enough to get the much needed win. There was just no stopping Russell Westbrook who shot just eight of 26 from the field, but still managed to pour in 36 points thanks to 19 of 22 shooting from the free throw line. With the loss, Boston dropped to 30-37 on the season which leaves them in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, tied ninth placed Indiana.
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Over in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs have won eight of their last 10 and were able to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Knicks with a comfortable 114-103 win over the Bucks on Wednesday. Danny Green led the scoring with 20 points, Tim Duncan added 19 points and Boris Diaw had 18 as the Spurs led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter before easing off in the fourth. With the win, San Antonio improved to 42-25 on the season which leaves them just one game behind the fourth and fifth placed Clippers and Mavericks.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road agmes, while the Spurs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the Celtics are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall but a healthy 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in San Antonio.
If the Spurs are switched on like they were in their last game, there's no reason they shouldn't win this game by double digits, but the ATS stats suggest that the Celtics have been money at the AT&T Center so that's where I'm leaning.