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Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/14/14

Phoenix Suns (36-28) at Boston Celtics (22-43)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics +3.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds


The Boston Celtics square off against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. 

Head to head, the Suns are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Boston. The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Suns on the other hand are 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games following a S.U. loss, 21-8 ATS in their last 29 road games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/14/14

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It’s amazing to think that the Phoenix Suns have lost four of their last five games away from home by an average of 12.5 points, yet they are still 21-8 against the spread in their 29 road games this season. To be fair, three of those losses came in Houston, Golden State and Los Angeles (against the Clippers), three of the toughest places to play in the league. The Suns also come into tonight’s game having lost three straight, but on the bright side, Eric Bledsoe made his long-waited return on Wednesday night in their 110-101 home defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bledsoe finished with 15 points and dished out nine assists off the bench, but he struggled shooting from the field, hitting just five of 16, which is to be expect in his first game back.

While the Boston Celtics continue to pile up the losses, they have actually be pretty solid against the spread lately, covering in five of their last seven overall. They are coming off a 116-92 loss at home against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, but their previous two games at TD Garden resulted in wins over Detroit and Brooklyn by seven points apiece.

I’m not really sure what to expect from this Celtics squad tonight to be honest. Just look at their last four games at home which consist of wins over the Pistons and Nets, but then 20+ point losses against Golden State and New York. Meanwhile, the Suns have lost three straight and four of five on the road and are still getting adjusted to having Bledsoe back in the line-up, but they have been the best team in the NBA at covering the spread on the road. You see my dilemma?

I would stay away from this game for the above reasons, but I’m going with the Suns to bounce back on the road tonight...

Dan’s Pick: Phoenix -3.5

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