Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-19-2018




Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics	Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-19-2018

Phoenix Suns (7-24) vs Boston Celtics (18-11)

Date : 12/19/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : TD Bank Arena, Boston, Massachusetts

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics

The Phoenix Suns will travel to TD Bank Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, to face the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Boston Celtics halted an 8 game winning streak in their last outing as they fell to the Detroit Pistons on the road by a 113 – 104 score as Kyrie Irving scored 26 points for the Celtics yet his team could not make critical baskets down the stretch, which allowed Detroit to pull out the hard-fought victory.

On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns are winners of three straight and four of their last five, overall, as they picked up the win over the New York Knicks on the road in their last outing as they overcame a seven-point halftime deficit as Devin Booker scored 38 points on the night while TJ Warren scored 17 of his 26 points on the night in the fourth quarter as the Suns were able to seize the lead while pulling out  a very important victory in the meantime. The Suns are at 6-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings at TD Bank Arena while the over has been the play in the last four meetings amongst these two teams in Boston.

 

Phoenix Suns's Latest Performance :

As stated, the Phoenix Suns are on a high at this point in the season as they have not only racked up a couple wins ,but, those wins have come in dominating fashion during their current three-game winning streak as their last outing versus the Knicks exemplified this as they picked up an 18-point win as Devin Booker powered in 38 points and seven rebounds while TJ Warren along with Deandre Ayton finished with 26 and 21 points for the Phoenix Suns with Ayton also pulling down 13 rebounds in the game. In all, the Suns shot 9 of 27 from long range while also shooting over 50% from the floor on the night while its defense allowed the Knicks to shoot only 40% on the night has Emmanuel Mudiay led the team with 32 points along with six rebounds and six assists.  Enes Kanter when 4-11 from the field while ending with 13 points Along with 10 rebounds and four assists while Tim Hardaway Jr did not suit up for this matchup for the Knicks.

Nonetheless, Phoenix will look to keep their momentum going as  their matchup versus the Boston Celtics will be game 2 of a five-game road trip. As stated, with Devin Booker back in the lineup, there is indeed a huge upside to this Phoenix Suns team moving forward. Nonetheless, they must be able to hunker down in the which to maintain their defensive intensity versus a Boston team that is clicking on all cylinders, particularly on the offensive end.

 

Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :

Boston ended a stellar streak of play to which they won 8 games in a row, as stated, while playing outstanding on both ends of the floor with a loss to the Detroit Pistons on the road in their most recent outing as they  allowed a struggling Detroit team to shoot 49% on the night while also nailing 10 3-pointers as Blake Griffin led the team with 27 points, seven rebounds, along with six assists while Andre Drummond powered in 19 points along with 20 boards in the win for the home team.

On the other hand, Boston shot a dismal 41% from the floor while going 9 of 33 from long range as Kyrie Irving paced the team with 26 points while shooting 11-25 for the night in addition to chipping in eight rebounds along with four assists. Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum combined for 21 and 17 points respectively, for the game as they combined to go 12 – 26 from the field.

Boston will now return home to TD Bank Arena in which to face a Phoenix Suns team that has obtained a huge amount of momentum lately with their star in Booker being back into the lineup. Nonetheless, their matchup with the Suns will be game 1 of a four-game homestand for the Celtics, where they have been winners of their last four outings, in hopes of picking up yet another victory to atone for their most recent slip up to the Pistons.

 

How Phoenix Suns & Boston Celtics Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Phoenix is 12 – 19 ATS while the OU is  13 – 18

Boston is 15-14 ATS while the OU is 17-12

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be an interesting matchup as the Boston Celtics will return home in which to pick up some wins, starting with one over the Phoenix Suns. Also, the Phoenix Suns will like to continue the momentum from their current five-game road trip as they will seek to go into TD Bank Arena and pull out a huge victory over a Celtics team that maybe reeling a bit over their last outing versus the Detroit Pistons. Nonetheless, expect this to be a highly competitive and fast paced matchup amongst two teams that can indeed score the ball while also having playmakers that can make critical baskets at pivotal moments.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Boston Celtics

My reason for the pick :

 

 

I will back the Boston Celtics to pull out a slim victory in this matchup as they will certainly be wanting to get back onto the court in which to illustrate a much better performance than the one versus Detroit in their last outing. Again, Boston shot horribly from the field in this contest, as stated, and will certainly be looking to push the pace in which to kick-start their offense early and often versus Phoenix Suns team that has certainly played better  in this area of the floor lately, yet, will certainly struggle versus a motivated Boston squad looking to get back on the winning track on Wednesday night.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the under in this contest as I happen to believe that Boston will set the pace early by establishing themselves on the defensive end versus a Phoenix Suns team that has been red-hot on the offensive side of the floor lately. With that being the case, look for Suns to also establish themselves on the defensive end as well as they have not allowed teams to reach the 100-point mark in two of the last three games, overall. With that being the case, the under is indeed the strong play in this matchup amongst two teams that will be fighting to pick up a much-needed victory.

Betting trends for Phoenix Suns:

  • Suns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
    Suns are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
    Suns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.

Betting trends for Boston Celtics:

  • Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
    Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
    Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.