Before returning home, the Celtics take on the Spurs tonight, to end their 3-game road trip that included matches against Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies.
San Antonio, 8th in the West right now, has a decent 20-17 record, but the race for the playoffs is a very tight one in this Conference. Spurs have been kind of inconsistent of late, not being able to win two straight over their last 5 games. Most recently, they took care of business on the road, against LA Clippers and they split a home-and-home mini-series against the Denver Nuggets. At home, this season, Spurs are doing fine, winning 14 of the 19 games that they have played. Also, they are riding a 3-game winning streak at AT&T Center and won 4 of their last 5 on their arena. For San Antonio, last summer acquisition, Demar DeRozan is the team’s scoring and assists leader, with 23.1 PPG and 6.2 APG. Veteran LaMarcus Aldridge leads the team in rebounds per game, with 9.
Boston Celtics, 2-1 this week and 21-14 on the season, will look to finish the year with a statement win, and start moving closer to the top spots in the Conference. They defeated rivals Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas night, after a fantastic performance from Kyrie Irving. Kyrie sent the game into OT with a very tough shot, then scored back to back triples to seal the victory for the Celtics. Then, Boston couldn’t stop James Harden, who was on fire all night long as the Rockets won, on their Arena, 127-113. Two night ago, however, down 19, the Celtics fought back and had a huge 4th quarter against Memphis Grizzlies, 33-16 and won the game, 112-103. It was a great game from Al Horford, who shot the ball very well, including a late triple that separated the two teams for good, at that point. Irving had a double-double, with 26 points and 13 assists, Marcus Morris added 22 points and Gordon Hayward, of the bench, added 14 points.
San Antonio Spurs News
Greg Popovich will not be able to count on Murray for this match.
Boston Celtics News
Brad Stevens will be without Jabari Bird, Aron Baynes and Robert Williams may also be unavailable.
Boston has, traditionally, a very bad record against the Spurs, and they last won here in 2011. Last season, the 2 teams split the season series, each winning at home.
With Brad Stevens still trying to figure out the best lineups he can put together, the team still has a decent record, can catch the Bucks from behind, and they are currently on a nice 11-4 run, making them the hottest team in the league during this stretch. Our picks here are:
Boston Celtics to win @ 1.90
Under 216.5 @ 1.95