Spurs vs Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 1/17/24

Boston Celtics (31-9) vs San Antonio Spurs (7-32)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -14.5 -- Over/Under: 238.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Antonio Spurs travel to the TD Garden to battle the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Here’s a Spurs vs Celtics Prediction.

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have been in a slump as they've lost 12 of their last 15 games overall and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting routed by the Hawks in a 109-99 road defeat on Monday. Victor Wembenyama led the team with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, Jeremy Sochan added 23 points with eight rebounds and four assists while Julian Champagne chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Spurs shot just 40 percent from the field and 11 of 42 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Hawks early on and were never in the contest after falling behind by 35 points going into halftime. Devin Vassell had a night to forget as he scored just four points on two of 11 shooting while Keldon Johnson scored just five points on one of 11 shooting off the bench.

San Antonio Spurs Player Facts

  • Victor Wembanyama ranks 1st amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (3.2) this season.
  • Devin Vassell ranks 21st amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.2) this season.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in red-hot form as they've won 11 of their last 14 games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after taking down the Raptors in a 105-96 road win on Monday. Jrue Holiday and Derrick White scored 22 points each, Jayson Tatum added 19 points with 14 rebounds and six assists while Kristaps Porzingis chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Celtics shot just 40 percent from the field and 16 of 39 from the 3-point line as they kept the Raptors in the check for the entire game, before White scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat the Raptors for the eighth straight game.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Jayson Tatum ranks 2nd amongst qualified Guards for rebounds per game (8.5) this season.
  • Jaylen Brown ranks 8th amongst qualified Guards for FG% (49.6%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+9.8).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.4).
  • The Spurs rank 30th in the league for Q3 win percentage this season (23.1%).
  • The Spurs rank 29th in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (46.7).

Spurs vs Celtics Prediction

The Spurs are still shorthanded with Zach Collins and Sidy Cissoko still out, while the Celtics are keeping eyes on Derrick White, Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis. The only thing that makes this one tricky is the injury cloud hanging over three of their starters because the Celtics are winning this game regardless. Be sure to check the lineups before tipoff, but as it stands I'll stick with the Celtics to stay hot with another win and cover at home where they are still undefeated this season.

Peter’s Pick Boston -14.5

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