Celtics vs Spurs Prediction - NBA Picks 12/31/23

San Antonio Spurs (5-26) vs Boston Celtics (25-6)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Frost Bank Center)

Betting Odds: San Antonio Spurs +13.5 -- Over/Under: 240.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics are riding a 5-game winning streak. The San Antonio Spurs need a win after losing 6 of their last 7 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs prediction.

Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The Boston Celtics have beat the Kings, Clippers, Lakers, Pistons, and Raptors during their 5-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 120.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 27 points and 8.4 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick White is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Kristaps Porzingis is one of only five qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.5 threes and 1.5 blocks this season.
  • Jayson Tatum ranks 2nd amongst qualified Guards for rebounds per game (8.4) this season.

San Antonio Spurs Betting Preview

The San Antonio Spurs are coming off losses to the Mavericks, Jazz, and Trail Blazers. The San Antonio Spurs are averaging 111.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 123 points on 48.9 percent shooting. Victor Wembanyama is averaging 18.8 points and 10.4 rebounds, while Devin Vassell is averaging 18.2 points and 3.1 assists. Keldon Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Collins is grabbing 6 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.

San Antonio Spurs Player Facts

  • Victor Wembanyama ranks 1st amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (3.2) this season.
  • Devin Vassell ranks 31st amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.2) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Spurs rank 30th in the league for point differential per game this season (-11.3).
  • The Spurs rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (14.5).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.9).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (73.0%).

Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs prediction

I'm not running to the window to back the San Antonio Spurs as much as the next guy. However, this line is massive. All 6 of the Celtics losses this season have come on the road, and we've seen them allow teams to hang around lately. The Celtics needed a massive comeback to beat the Pistons, and they beat the Raptors by two points. I'll take a shot with the Spurs and the boatload of points. 

Randy’s Pick San Antonio Spurs +13.5

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