San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics - 11/20/13
Boston Celtics (4-7) at San Antonio Spurs (9-1)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Center)
The Line: San Antonio Spurs -15 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Antonio Spurs go for an eighth straight win tonight when they play host to the Boston Celtics.
The Spurs have certainly been flying under my radar a bit, but with a record of 9-1, I can't ignore how well they've been playing lately. Sure, San Antonio haven't exactly had the toughest of schedules, it's hard to argue because they've been taking care of business against the weaker teams in the league. On Friday against the Jazz the Spurs fell behind by 15 points early in the game, but despite playing their fifth game in seven nights, the Spurs clawed their way back into the game and used a 31-15 fourth quarter to avoid an embarassing loss against the worst team in the league. Tony Parker led the way with 22 points and six assists, while Boris Diaw had a valuable 17 points on six of nine shooting off the bench. Tim Duncan also had 14 points and nine rebounds, but the Spurs had no other player finish in double digits in scoring.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics have lost four straight and will be hoping to rebound from a particularly tough loss after falling to the Rockets by 109-85 last night. MarShon Brooks led the team with 17 points off the bench while Avery Bradley added 11, but this game was well over before halftime as the Rockets started the game on an 18-1 run before closing out the first quarter ahead by 40-18. As a team, the Celtics shot just 32.3 percent from the field and basically allowed the Rockets to do whatever they wanted which allowed them to shoot 56.9 percent from the field. I'm sure the C's have plenty of tape to look at from this game, but they might be better served just scrapping this game from their memories altogether.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Spurs are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on three or more days rest.
The Celtics will be eager to rebound from such a big loss to the Rockets, but they couldn't have picked a worse time to face the red-hot Spurs who will be well-rested for this one. I usually keep away from all games involving such a hefty spread, but if I had to pick a team here, it would have to be the Spurs who will add yet another victory to their win column.