Celtics vs. Suns - 1/15/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (13-27) at Boston Celtics (20-19)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, CSNN
The Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics meet Friday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Phoenix Suns are desperate for a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 102.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting. T.J. Warren is averaging 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds while Markieff Morris is averaging 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. Mirza Teletovic is grabbing 3.3 rebounds and Jon Leuer is dishing 1.3 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.4 turnovers per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost eight straight road games. Alex Len, Brandon Knight and Ronnie Price are questionable.
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The Boston Celtics also could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.6 points and 6.7 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 14.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jae Crowder is dishing 1.7 assists and Jared Sullinger is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.3 turnovers per game. The Boston Celtics have lost six of their last nine home games.
The Suns are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 40-19-1 ATS in their last 60 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 22-10-2 ATS in their last 34 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
While I don't trust the Suns at all, especially on the road, it's not like the Celtics are tearing it up. I have to side with the points here.