At 7:30 ET tonight, the Boston Celtics (-231) will host the Phoenix Suns (+188) in a non-conference matchup. The Celtics are favored by 5.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 228.

Boston is currently on a three-game win streak and owns the best record in the Eastern Conference (51-14). The Suns (38-27) are 7th in the West, and 3rd in the Pacific Division.

PHOENIX SUNS VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Phoenix Suns +5.5

This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 ET on Thursday, March 14th.

WHY BET THE PHOENIX SUNS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-114 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.3% and knocking down 16 threes.

Do the Suns Have What it Takes on the Road?

In non-conference games, the Suns have gone 16-8 compared to 22-19 against Western Conference opponents. Their O/U record in non-conference games is 12-6-1.

Phoenix’s ATS record for the season is 25-39, including 13-17 on the road and 12-22 at home. They have failed to cover the spread in their last three games on the road and are 7-10 ATS as the underdog.

On the road this season, the Suns are 17-13 straight-up and have won their last two games. In games against the Western Conference, they are currently 3rd in the Pacific Division and 7th overall.

Phoenix’s O/U record for the season is 28-36-1. Today’s line of 228 is lower than the season average of 231.3 points per game. In 45 of their games, the O/U line has been higher than 228.

In their last game, the Suns beat the Cavaliers by a score of 117-111. They were favored by 7 points in that game and are 32-16 as the favorite this season. The win improved their overall record to 38-27.

The Suns’ offense is scoring 117 points per game this season, which is 11th in the NBA. On the road, Phoenix is averaging 117.1 points per game.

So far this season, the Suns have outscored the NBA scoring average in 56.9% of their games. In terms of pace, Phoenix is 15th in the league at 98.6 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Suns are 5th in field goal percentage at 49%. They are also 4th in true shooting percentage. Inside the arc, Phoenix is making 56% of their shots (9th).

The Suns’ defense is presently ranked 16th in the league, allowing an average of 114.3 points per contest. For the season, Phoenix is ranked 22nd in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 21.5 free-throws per game vs. the Suns and have an overall field goal percentage of 46.5%.

Do the Celtics Have What it Takes at Home?

In the Eastern Conference standings, the Celtics are in 1st place with a record of 51-14. Against other teams in the East, they are 33-7 and 18-7 against the West.

Boston has won three straight games and is favored by 5.5 points today. At home, the Celtics are 29-3 straight-up and 17-14 against the spread. Their average scoring margin at home is +15.4 PPG.

On the season, the Celtics have been favored in 62 of their 65 games. Their record as the favorite is 49-13, and they have gone 30-29 vs. the spread as the favorite.

In their last game, the Celtics defeated the Jazz by a score of 123-107. The O/U line for that game was 230, resulting in a push. Boston also covered the spread as 6.5-point favorites.

This season, the Celtics have an O/U record of 30-34-1. Their games have averaged 230.4 points per game, which is slightly higher than today’s line of 228.

This season, the Celtics are one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams in the league, leading the NBA in both three-point attempts and makes. They are knocking down 38% of their looks from beyond the arc, which is 4th in the league.

Overall, the Celtics are 2nd in the NBA in scoring at 120.8 points per game. At home, they have been even better, averaging 123.4 points per contest.

When it comes to pace, Boston is 18th in the league at 97.8 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 10th at 48%.

At this time, the Celtics’ defense is positioned 5th in the NBA, permitting 109.6 points per game. For the season, Boston is ranked 29th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 18.3 free-throws per game vs. the Celtics and have an overall field goal percentage of 45.0%.