It’s an interconference matchup on the hardwood coming to you from the Lone State. The Boston Celtics are on the road as they travel to face the San Antonio Spurs Saturday afternoon. Boston comes in off a 108-87 whipping of Charlotte on the road Thursday night. San Antonio defeated Oklahoma City 121-112 at home on Thursday night. The Spurs lead the all-time regular season series between the teams 54-39 and have taken 14 of the last 15 meetings, including both a season ago. In the most recent matchup, it was San Antonio claiming a 115-96 road win on March 24, 2019.
Boston Celtics Shoot for Seventh Straight VictoryBoston took care of business in Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte as they dusted the Hornets for their sixth consecutive triumph. The Celtics entered Saturday with a half-game lead over the Raptors in the Atlantic Division. Boston led by 10 after the opening quarter and kept Charlotte at arm’s length the rest of the way. The Celtics saw the Hornets claw within four with 3:43 to play in the half before reeling off an 11-0 run over the next 2:40 to go up 52-37. Boston’s lead didn’t drop below seven the rest of the way. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field, including 10 of 33 from beyond the arc, while forcing Charlotte into 20 turnovers. Boston also limited the Hornets to 38.4 percent shooting, including six of 31 from beyond the arc. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 23 points and nine rebounds in the win.
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The Celtics enter this contest ranked tied for 17th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 110 points per game this season. Boston is 7th in rebounding by pulling down 47 rebounds per contest and stand tied for 20th in assists with 23.1 dimes per game. On the season, Boston is fifth in the league in scoring defense by allowing 102.1 points per contest. The Celtics are led offensively by Kemba Walker, who puts up 24.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and four assists per game on the year. Jayson Tatum puts up 21.6 points plus 7.5 boards a night while Jaylen Brown (16 points, 6.3 rebounds), Gordon Hayward (20.3 points, 7.9 boards) and Marcus Smart (9.6 points) are solid contributors offensively. Enes Kanter will miss his seventh straight game with a knee bruise he sustained in his team debut. Boston is 21st in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 43.9 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Celtics are tied for 12th in three-pointers per game as they drain 12.1 triples per night while they rank 16th by hitting 35 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
San Antonio Spurs Try to Extend Mastery Over BostonSan Antonio had dropped two straight and three of their previous four before outgunning the Thunder at home Thursday night. The Spurs now turn their attention to a Boston team that they have owned in recent years hoping to build a little momentum. San Antonio led by three after the opening quarter only to trail by one at the half. The Spurs took the lead for good with a 7-0 run early in the third quarter to take a 71-65 lead. San Antonio’s lead didn’t drop below three the rest of the way as they had an answer for every Oklahoma City run. The Spurs shot 54.3 percent from the floor, including nine of 20 from three-point range, and controlled the glass 47-31. LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a season-high 39 points to lead San Antonio in the victory, hitting 19 of 23 from the floor.
The Spurs are average offensively this season, ranking 14th in scoring offense with 112.3 points per game. San Antonio is 3rd in rebounding with 48.8 boards a contest while the team is 18th in assists with 23.4 dimes per game. San Antonio is 15th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 109.9 points a game. DeMar DeRozan leads the team with 20 points per contest this season. LaMarcus Aldridge (19 points, 6.6 rebounds), Bryn Forbes (14.5 points) and Derrick White (11.9 points) are solid contributors as well on the offensive end. Dejounte Murray (12.9 points, eight rebounds, 5.4 assists), Patty Mills (11.6 points) and Rudy Gay (10.5 points, 6.9 rebounds) are solid secondary scoring options. The Spurs are tied for 7th in the league by shooting 46.7 percent from the field. San Antonio is 29th in three-point field goals per game with 8.4 per contest. The Spurs are 25th in the league by knocking down 32.7 percent of their long-range attempts.
The top trends for this contest, according to Covers.com:
- Celtics are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Celtics are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Celtics are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win
- Spurs are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Spurs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win