Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/18/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Phoenix Suns (17-24) at Boston Celtics (27-13)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Phoenix Suns pay a visit to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Saturday night.
The Phoenix Suns have been building nicely as they’ve won five of their last nine games and they will be looking to stay hot after blowing past the Knicks in a 121-98 road win on Thursday. Devin Booker led the team with 29 points on nine of 17 shooting, DeAndre Ayton added 26 points with 21 rebounds and two blocks while Ricky Rubio chipped in with 25 points and 13 assists. As a team, the Suns shot 51 percent from the field and 12 of 30 from the 3-point line as they suffered a slow start, before running away with it in the second half where they outscored the Knicks by 63-36 to lead by as many as 29 points.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in a bit of a rut lately as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling short against the Bucks in a 128-123 road loss on Thursday. Kemba Walker led the team with 40 points and 11 rebounds, Marcus Smart added 24 points while Jayson Tatum returned to the lineup to chip in with 17 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 43 percent from the field and 15 of 49 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing the hot-starting Bucks to open the game on a 22-8 run. Jaylen Brown sat out the game with a right thumb sprain and his status for Saturday is questionable.
Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as an underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Brooklyn, the Suns are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the Suns are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Brooklyn.