At 8:30 ET, the Celtics (-218) will visit the Suns (+179) in a non-conference matchup. Boston is favored by 5.5 points, and the over/under line is 227.5.

Currently, the Celtics (48-14) are on a two-game losing streak and are 1st in the Eastern Conference. The Suns (37-26) are on a two-game win streak and are 6th in the Western Conference.


The Pick: Phoenix Suns +5.5

This game will be played at Footprint Center at 8:30 ET on Saturday, March 9th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 118-113 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.1% and knocking down 18 threes.

Can the Celtics Grab a Win on the Road?

Today, the Celtics will look to bounce back from a 115-109 loss to the Nuggets. The O/U line for that game was 222.5, and the teams combined for 224 points. Boston was favored by 2.5 points in that game.

For the season, the Celtics have an O/U record of 30-32 and an average combined scoring of 230.7 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 227.5.

Boston is currently 1st in the Eastern Conference with a record of 48-14. In non-conference games, they are 15-7 compared to 33-7 against the East.

Against the spread, the Celtics are 29-30 for the season and have gone 12-16 ATS on the road. Their straight-up road record is 19-11.

In terms of being favored, the Celtics have a record of 46-13 and have gone 27-29 ATS as the favorite. As the favorite, their scoring margin is +11.5 PPG.

When it comes to scoring, the Celtics are one of the most potent offenses in the league, averaging 120.8 points per game (3rd). However, their scoring has been slightly lower on the road at 118.0 PPG (5th).

Boston’s offense is heavily reliant on three-point shooting, as they lead the NBA in both three-point attempts (42.2 per game) and makes (16.3 per game). Overall, they are hitting 38% of their threes (4th).

So far, the Celtics have outscored the NBA scoring average in 71% of their games. In terms of pace, Boston is 16th in the league at 98.1 possessions per game.

This season, the Celtics’ defense is the 5th ranked defense in the NBA at 5th PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 74.2% of their games. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Celtics squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 51.7% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.3% from downtown.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Underdog Phoenix?

In the Western Conference standings, the Suns are currently in 6th place with a record of 37-26. Within the Pacific Division, they are in 2nd place.

At home this season, the Suns are 21-13, and they are 12-21 against the spread at home. As the underdog, their ATS record at home is 7-9, and they have failed to cover the spread in their last four home games.

On average, Phoenix games have seen a combined scoring total of 231.4 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 227.5, and the Suns have a record of 27-35-1 vs. the O/U this season.

In their last game, the Suns defeated the Raptors by a score of 120-113. The O/U line for that game was 237 points, and Phoenix was favored by 10.5 points. Overall, their ATS record this season is 25-37.

Against teams in the Western Conference, the Suns are 22-19 compared to 15-7 in non-conference games. On the road, they are 16-13 compared to 21-13 at home.

When it comes to scoring, the Suns are averaging 117.1 points per game, which is 12th in the NBA. At home, they are 14th in the league in scoring at 117.1 points per game.

In terms of pace, Phoenix is 15th in the NBA at 98.7 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, the Suns are 4th in the league at 49%. In addition, they are 5th in true shooting percentage.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Suns are 9th in the league at 37%. They are averaging 31.9 three-point attempts per game, which is 26th in the NBA. In terms of free throws, Phoenix leads the league in attempts at 25.2 per game.

Coming into today’s game, the Suns’ defense is giving up an average of 114.3 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Suns’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.0% and allowing 36.4% from beyond the arc.