Celtics vs. Suns NBA Prediction
The second game of ESPN’s double header in the NBA will take place in Phoenix on Friday night when the Suns host the Celtics at 10:00 p.m. ET. With the Suns laying 5.5 points and the total sitting at 216.5, what’s the best bet when it comes to tonight’s matchup?
549 Boston Celtics (+5.5) at 550 Phoenix Suns (-5.5); o/u 216.5
10:00 p.m. ET, Friday, December 10, 2021
Footprint Center, Phoenix
Boston Celtics DFS Spin
Jayson Tatum played 36 minutes in Wednesday's 114-111 loss to the Clippers, accumulating 29 points (9-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one blocked shot, and two 3-pointers. After making just two of his six field goal attempts in the first half, both 3-pointers, Tatum was noticeably better after halftime. No longer settling for perimeter shots, all seven of his made field goals were in the restricted area. And that approach also got him to the foul line, with the All-Star connecting on nine of his 10 attempts. If there was a negative for Tatum it was the turnover count, as he was responsible for a game-high six (tied with Robert Williams). For that reason, Tatum and the managers who have him rostered in 9-cat leagues have to be thrilled that the Celtics are leaving Los Angeles (11 turnovers total in losses to the Lakers and Clippers). Friday's matchup with the Suns stands to be a difficult one, especially if Jaylen Brown (hamstring) remains sidelined.
Phoenix Suns DFS Spin
Devin Booker (left hamstring strain) is making progress but still has not done any on-court work, according to Monty Williams. Booker has been down since November 30, and he is without a timeline for return. And with Williams saying that his star shooting guard has yet to do any on-court work, fantasy managers will need to remain patient. Landry Shamet, who has started with Booker sidelined, offers some intrigue as a streaming option.
Wizards vs. Hawks NBA Betting Prediction
The Celtics are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games in Phoenix and are 2-9 against the number in their last 11 games versus the Suns. As for Phoenix, the Suns are 17-8 against the spread in their last 25 home games versus a team with a losing road record, are 12-2 against the number in their last 14 games on Friday and are 8-3 at the betting window in their last 11 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: PHOENIX SUNS -5.5