Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are 7-point favorites over the Phoenix Suns this evening.Â The over/under total for the game is 197.Â The new look Boston Celtics will play their first home game since acquiring Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green last Thursday.
The Celtics are 43-15 overall and 29-29 against the spread.Â The Celtics are still one of the teams many expect to come out of the east and play in the NBA finals.Â The trade of Kendrick Perkins to get Krstic and Green were a surprise to many though.Â After making the trade, later that evening the Celtics lost to Denver 89-75 as 4-point road favorites.Â They bounced back on Saturday evening beating the LA Clippers 99-92, and then followed that up on Monday beating the Utah Jazz 107-102.Â The Utah game went way er the total of 188.Â Boston leads the league with fewest points allowed with 91.3 points per game, but that number could creep up. Krstic is not much of a defender down low, but can help spread the floor with his shooting. He will log heavy minutes with both Shaquille and Jermaine ONeal still injured. Green hasnt looked comfortable in his first two Boston games, but he will provide bench minutes at both forward positions.Â Boston is 25-5 at home this ear, but is 13-17 against the spread.Â The der is 4-0 in the last four home games.
The Phoenix Suns are 31-17 overall and 27-31 against the spread.Â They are on the playoff bubble in the West, a half-game behind eighth-seed Memphis. They made their own deadline move, acquiring Aaron Brooks from Houston for Goran Dragic and a first round pick. Brooks is a speedy point guard, who fits in nicely backing up Steve Nash in this up-tempo offense.Â The Suns are 4-0 since the all-star break and have covered in three of those games.Â Phoenix is 14-14 on the road this season and has a record of 13-15 against the spread on the road.
Phoenix beat Boston at home on January 28th 88-71 as 4-point home underdogs.Â I expect Boston to get its revenge on tonight and bear the Phoenix Suns while covering the spread.Â I am laying the 7-points with the Celtics at home this evening.
Boston Celtics -7 Phoenix Suns