San Antonio Spurs (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS, 2-3 O/U) vs. Boston Celtics (3-2 SU, 4-1 ATS, 1-4 O/U)
NBA: Monday, October 30, 2017, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, 7:30 pm ET
Line: Boston -2; Over/Under: 199
It’s an inter-conference battle between a couple of the league’s top teams from a season ago up in Beantown. The San Antonio Spurs are on the road to face the Boston Celtics Monday night. San Antonio was on the road Sunday afternoon as they traveled to face the Pacers. Boston won their fourth in a row by picking up a 96-90 road win over Miami Saturday night. The Spurs hold a 51-38 edge in the all-time regular season series and have won the last 11 meetings, including both matchups last year.
San Antonio Spurs Close Four Game Road Trip
San Antonio was in action against Indiana Sunday afternoon looking to bounce back from its first loss of the year. The Spurs hoped to close their four game road trip against Eastern Conference foes on a positive note here. San Antonio entered Sunday tied for second in the Western Conference, half a game behind the Clippers. The Spurs were tied with the Grizzlies atop the Southwest Division entering that contest. San Antonio was 2-0 at home compared to 2-1 on the road, and had gone 3-1 against the Eastern Conference while they were 1-0 against the West this season.
The Spurs are below average offensively this season, ranking 22nd in scoring offense with 99.8 points per game. San Antonio is 3rd in rebounding with 50 boards a contest while the team is 22nd in assists with 20.6 dimes per game. San Antonio is 6th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 97.4 points a game. Kawhi Leonard is still out of the mix and the team hopes to have him back in the near future. LaMarcus Aldridge contributes a team leading 25.6 points plus 9.2 rebounds a night while Manu Ginobili chips in 8.6 points per game. Pau Gasol averages 8.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in his second year with the team., Tony Parker (once he returns), Rudy Gay (12.2 points) and Danny Green (12.2 points) all are looked at to contribute for coach Gregg Popovich’s team. The Spurs are tied for 19th in the league by shooting 43.7 percent from the field. San Antonio is 30th in three point field goals per game with 5.6 per contest. The Spurs are 27th in the league by knocking down 29.8 percent of their long range attempts.
Boston Celtics Seek Fifth Straight Win
Boston won their fourth in a row after starting the season 0-2 as they shut down the Heat on the road. The Celtics look to ring up a fifth straight win as they return home for this contest. Boston trailed by five after the opening quarter, outscored Miami 53-37 in the middle two quarters to take an 11 point lead and then hung on late to get the win. The Celtics shot 42 percent from the field and overcame 6 of 23 shooting from beyond the arc in the contest. Kyrie Irving led Boston with 24 points in the win, nine of which came in the final 2:03 of the game.
The Celtics are 21st in the league in scoring offense with 100.5 points per game. Boston is 11th in the league in rebounding with 45.2 boards per game and stand 20th with 20.8 assists per contest. Boston is above average on the defensive end: they are 4th in scoring defense, allowing 95 points per game. Kyrie Irving leads the team with 21.2 points plus 5.7 assists and 2.33 steals per game. Al Horford averages 15.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and four assists per game. Marcus Smart chips in 12 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest. Jaylen Brown (15 points, 6.2 rebounds), rookie Jayson Tatum (15.2 points, 6.3 boards), Terry Rozier and Aron Baynes are key pieces in the rotation. Boston will miss their big free agent signing, Gordon Hayward, who is likely done for the year after suffering a fracture dislocation of his ankle in the opener. They do hope to get Marcus Morris back in the near future. The Celtics are 26th in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.1 percent from the floor as a team. Boston is 17th in three pointers per game with 10 per night while the team is 15th in three point percentage as they hit 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.
- Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic
- Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days of rest
- Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southwest
- Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest
This one is likely to be a defensive struggle as neither team has done much on the offensive end of the floor at this point in time. Boston has been reliant on their defense during this four game win streak: they haven’t allowed more than 92 points in any of those contests. San Antonio is playing their third game in four nights and their second in as many days here. With the Celtics playing at home here, look for Boston to take advantage of the fatigued Spurs and claw out a win here.
Pick: Boston Celtics -2
Boston has been very sharp on the defensive end, which has helped mask their offensive inefficiencies at this point in time. The Celtics are struggling shooting the ball, especially from the perimeter. You’d think sooner or later, that will improve but for the interim, it’s been an issue for them. San Antonio is playing the second game of a back to back here and they’ll be glad to be heading home after this one. San Antonio is still hoping to get Leonard and Parker back in the mix and hope that happens in the near future.
The under is 4-1 in the Spurs’ last 5 games playing on 0 days of rest, 4-1-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference foes, 3-1-1 in their last five against Atlantic Division foes and 23-9-1 in their last 33 games on Monday. Boston has seen the under go 4-0 in their last four games overall, 4-1 in their last five playing on one day of rest and 5-2-1 in their last eight at home against teams with a winning road record. Given the tough defense by both sides, look for this one to stay under the total as well.