Spurs vs. Celtics Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Celtics are a 3.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 191 points.
The Spurs come in with a 4-2 record after a 97-94 loss at the Pacers. Boston is 4-2 following a 96-90 win at Miami, its fourth victory in a row. San Antonio won both meetings straight up and ATS last season. The total went over both games.
San Antonio was led by LaMarcus Aldridge as he tallied 26 points and eight boards against Indiana. Pau Gasol contributed 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Patty Mills each scored 10.
The Celtics were paced by Kyrie Irving as he scored 24 in the win at the Heat. Jayson Tatum had 20 points, while Marcus Smart scored 16 off the bench. Al Horford added 12 points and nine rebounds. After trailing by five through one quarter, Boston outscored the hosts 53-37 in the second and third quarters.
San Antonio is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The Spurs are 13-3-1 in their last 17 meetings in Boston.
The Spurs are finally starting to show the effects of missing the injured do-it-all presence of Kawhi Leonard in the lineup. They'll be a little road-weary for this game, ready to get home from the four-game road trip. Boston is clicking on all cylinders lately and it matches up well with San Antonio. Take the Celtics as favorites.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS -3.5