Betting on today’s Celtics and Spurs game? Catch the action at Frost Bank Center in San Antonio, TX, as the Spurs hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The Celtics are the favorites in this non-conference matchup against the Spurs. The over/under for the game is set at 238 points.
BOSTON CELTICS VS SAN ANTONIO SPURS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Boston Celtics -13.5
This game will be played at Frost Bank Center at 7:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.
WHY BET THE BOSTON CELTICS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 153-119 in favor of the Celtics.
- Our projections have Jrue Holiday finishing with Jrue Holiday points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
- From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.7% and knocking down 19 threes.
Will the Celtics Find a Way to Win in San Antonio?
In the midst of several strong trends, the Celtics will look to pick up a win over the Spurs as 13.5-point favorites. So far, Boston leads the Eastern Conference on a record of 25-6. They are on a five-game winning streak.
When playing on the road, the Celtics have been dominant all season long. Their average scoring margin on the road is +5.1 compared to +14.1 at home. The 9-6 road record has been boosted by three straight wins away from home.
Against the spread, the Celtics are 14-15 this season. Their average ATS margin on the road is -5.1 points, but they have gone 3-0 ATS in three straight road games. This is also the first time in three games that they have failed to cover the spread, as they were favored by 2 points and picked up a 2-point win over the Raptors.
So far, the Celtics have been the favorites in 29 of their 31 games. Their overall average scoring margin as the favorite is +9.2 PPG. The have gone 2-0 ATS as the underdog this season.
Against the over/under line of 238, Boston has an over/under record of 18-13 for the season. Each of their last six games have finished above the OU lines, and their record in games with higher OU lines than 238 is 1-1.
In their most recent game, the Celtics scored a total of 120 points while shooting 48.9% from the field. They also knocked down 17 three-pointers in the game. Jaylen Brown was the leading scorer for the Celtics vs. the Raptors, finishing with 31 points. Derrick White added 21 points as well.
Coming into the game, the Celtics defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 29.0% of their games. Currently, they are 4th in the NBA at 110.5 points per game allowed. Opponents are hitting 50.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.9% of their three-point attempts.
Will San Antonio Pull Through as the Underdog Home Team?
At 5-26 this season, the Spurs will look to pick up a win as 13.5-point underdogs vs. the Celtics. When playing teams outside of the Western Conference, San Antonio is 0-8 this season vs. non-conference foes.
San Antonio has really struggled to win games at home this year, coming into today’s game with just a 2-13 record. Their average scoring margin at home is -8.2 points per game, and they have gone 6-9 ATS at home.
So far, the Spurs have been the underdog in 30 of their 31 games and have an average scoring margin of -11.8 points per game for the season. Their overall ATS record for the season is 12-19.
Today’s over/under line of 238 is slightly higher than their average over/under line of 232. The Spurs’ over/under record for the season is 21-10, and 23 of their games have had lower over/under lines than 238. San Antonio’s over/under record in those games is 14-9.
In their last game, the Spurs put up 128 points against the Trail Blazers. They shot 51.1% from the field and knocked down 14 three-pointers. Keldon Johnson is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17.6 PPG, while Victor Wembanyama is close behind at 18.8 PPG.
Facing Boston, the Spurs aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 123.0 points allowed per game (28th). Inside the arc, the Spurs defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.4% and 39.3% from three-point territory.