Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
When: Thursday, November 8, 9:00 PM. ET.
The Phoenix Suns will be trying to rebound from their loss to the Brooklyn Nets when they take on the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Celtics Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak
The Celtics’ current road trip hasn’t gone as well as they had hoped as the team lost the first two games of the five-game road trip. They will try to get back on track with a win over the Suns on Thursday night.
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 6, 2018
Boston is the best defensive team in the league this season, holding opponents to 101.3 points per game. However, their offense has been surprisingly bad considering the talent they have on the team, averaging 104.2 points per game.
Fortunately for the Celtics, they are playing one of the worst offensive teams in the league and they should be able to shut down the Suns.
Kyrie Irving leads Boston with 19.2 points per game. He is also averaging 4.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. Jayson Tatum is averaging 15.7 points and 7.2 assists per game, while Marcus Morris is chipping in 14.7 points and 6.9 rebounds off the bench.
If the Celtics play better defense than they did against the Denver Nuggets in their last game, they should be able to get their first win on their current road trip.
Suns Looking For Second Win In Three Games
The Suns followed up their win over the Memphis Grizzlies with a blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Celtics, which will give them their second win in their last three games.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 7, 2018
Phoenix has struggled defensively this season, giving up 113.8 points per game. In their loss to the Nets, they actually played well on the defensive end, holding Brooklyn to 44 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from three-point range.
However, the Suns couldn’t get going offensively and finished the game shooting 34.6 percent from the field. The team will need to do a better job shooting the ball if they want to get the win on Thursday.
The Suns will need their stars to put up big numbers and get more contribution from their bench to get the win over the Celtics on Thursday.
- 6-13 ATS in its last 19 home games.
- 1-4 ATS in its last 5 Thursday games.
- 5-1 ATS in its last 6 Thursday games.
- 4-1 ATS in its last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Suns have struggled against the spread, losing 13 of their last 19 home games and four of their last five Thursday games. The Celtics have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five road games against teams with losing home records and 12 of their last 16 games against teams with losing records.
Prediction: Boston Celtics -9.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone under in Boston’s last five road games against teams with losing records and in four of the team’s last five games. The total has also gone under in Phoenix’s last four games and in their last six games against Eastern Conference teams.
Prediction: Under 211
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Suns are averaging 100.6 points per game and they will have a hard time going over 102.5 points in this game against a Celtics team that is giving up 101.3 points per game.
Prediction: Suns – Total Points Under 102.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Celtics will win the first half because they are averaging 52 points per game in the first half of their last three games, while the Suns average 48.7 points per game. Boston has also played much better on the defensive end, holding opponents to 48.8 points in the first half while the Suns are giving up 60.3 points.
Prediction: Boston Celtics -5
Half-Time Total Bet
The Celtics and Suns are two of the worst offensive teams in the league, and they are averaging 100.7 points in the first half of their last three games. Expect them to stay under the first half total in this game.
Prediction: Under 104.5
Half-Time Prop Prediction
The Celtics are averaging 52 points per game in the first half of their last three games but they should be able to go over 55 points against the Suns, who are giving up 60.3 points in the first half this season.
Prediction: Celtics – Total 1st Half Points Over 55