Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-31-2018




Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs	Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-31-2018

Boston Celtics (21-14) vs San Antonio Spurs (20-17)

Date : 12/31/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs

The  Boston Celtics will travel to AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, to battle the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time as the Spurs will begin a three-game home stand after going .500  during a prior two game road set as they were victorious over the Los Angeles Clippers in their last outing with LaMarcus Aldridge along with DeMar DeRozan had monster games, once again, for the Spurs in ending with 38 and 25 points, respectively, to pick up the much-needed victory over a struggling Clippers squad.

On the other hand, the Boston Celtics were victorious on the road versus the Memphis Grizzlies as they got 26 points along with 13 assists from Kyrie Irving while Marcus Morris went 4-9 from three-point range while chipping in 22 points in the win. The Celtics, however, are only 2 – 7 against the spread in the last nine meetings versus the Spurs while the over has been the play in four of the last five meetings at AT&T Center amongst these two teams.

 

Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :

The Boston Celtics had 13 assists along with 26 points from Kyrie Irving as the Celtics were able to withstand the Memphis Grizzlies on the road in which to post their third win in four outings. As stated, Morris also chipped in 22 points as he went 4-9 from three-point range for the Celtics while Al Horford also chipped in 18 points along with six rebounds for a Boston team that shot 50% from the floor along with connecting on 16 3-pointers on the night. And while Boston allowed a dismal offense for Memphis to shoot 47% from the floor, the Grizzlies made good on only seven of 26 attempts from three-point range during the contest as Mike Conley led the team with 26 points along with six assists.

It would be important to note that Boston’s decision to bench Gordon Hayward in lieu of Marcus Morris has certainly been instrumental in the Celtics maintaining a bit of momentum as Morris has scored 20 or more points in two of his last three games, overall. For the season, Morris is averaging 15 points along with six rebounds, overall, while going over the 20-point mark and six of the last eight games. In all, the Celtics will certainly look to keep their momentum going versus a tough San Antonio team that has racked up a huge amount of momentum lately. In fact, the Spurs are winners of five of their last six games at AT&T Center, overall.

 

San Antonio Spurs's Latest Performance :

The San Antonio Spurs have certainly kicked things into high gear on both sides of the ball recently as they have not only scored at least 120 points in four of their last seven games, overall, but are only allowing opponents to score an average of 106 points per game during this time. Nonetheless,  the Spurs are winners of seven of their last seven, overall, as they picked up a huge win on the road vs a Los Angeles Clippers team that was attempting to erect themselves from a rough patch of play.

Nonetheless, LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up indeed for San Antonio in this matchup as he ended with 38 points on with along with seven rebounds as he went 14-23 from the floor while DeMar DeRozan also chipped in 25 points along with 13 rebounds in addition to six assists for the Spurs as they only connected on 6 of 23 attempts from long-range, yet, shot a tad over 50% for the night. The defense for the Spurs allowed the Clippers to shoot only 43% from the floor while connecting on 9 of 39 three point attempts as Danilo Gallinari along with Montrez Harrell led the team with 21 points apiece while Tobias Harris added with 16 points as he went a dismal 5-12 from the field in the loss.

As stated, San Antonio will get their next three games at AT&T Center and will certainly look to pick up some much-needed wins, beginning with a victory over a Boston Celtics team that has simply been average in their last four road games  in winning only two of those contests. Nonetheless, it would be important to note that they picked up a huge road victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in their last outing, thus increasing their confidence level away from TD Bank Arena.

 

How Boston Celtics & San Antonio Spurs Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Boston is 18 – 17 ATS while the OU is  22 – 13

San Antonio is 21 – 15 – 1 ATS while the OU is 20 – 16

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be an exciting contest amongst these two teams as both will be looking to continue their recent success as the Spurs will also be looking to win their sixth home game in seven outings. Boston, on the other hand, will certainly look to build off the momentum from beating up on a Memphis team in their last time out as well.  Look for San Antonio to ride Aldridge in this matchup as I certainly see him having a dominating performance. On the other hand, Irving will also utilize his playmaking ability in which two ensure that the Celtics remain competitive throughout the contest as well.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick; San Antonio Spurs

My reason for the pick :

As stated, the Spurs have played very well at home recently and throughout the year. With that being the case, look for these trends to continue in this matchup vs a Boston Celtics team that certainly enter the game with a bit of momentum of their own as well. Nonetheless, the Spurs  will control the pace of this game throughout as they will rely heavily on their stars in Aldridge along with DeRozan in which to pull out yet another home victory on Monday night versus a Celtics team that has allowed 125 points or more in two of their last for road games.

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

 

While the Celtics are ranked fourth in the league in points allowed per game with 103, they seem to trend towards the over away from TD Bank Arena as it has been the result in their last four road games, overall. Combine this with the fact that San Antonio is once again beginning to hit their stride on the offensive end, one will certainly have to side  with the over as being the huge play in this contest. Look for the Celtics to have a solid night on the offensive end due to Irving’s recent performances, however, the scoreboard will certainly swell in favor of the home team in the end as the total will certainly be surpassed.

Betting trends for Boston Celtics:

  • Over is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 road games.
    Over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 games following a ATS win.
    Over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.

Betting trends for San Antonio Spurs:

  • Spurs are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Under is 5-0 in Spurs last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
    Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.

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.