|6 BOS (-108) @ Betamerica|
10* Boston (7:05 ET): Phoenix continues to show they deserve to be mentioned among the league’s elite as they’ve begun the most difficult road trip of the season (five games out East) with wins over Milwaukee and Philadelphia. But playing for the third time in four nights at Boston, this is hardly what I’d call a “good spot” for them. It was the narrowest of escapes last night in Philly as the Suns won 116-113 when Joel Embiid’s last second desperation heave went “in and out.” The Celtics are dealing with injuries, but are rested and have won 8 of 10. Take the points here.
Boston’s six-game win streak came to a bit of a shocking end Monday as they fell here at home to Chicago, 102-96 as 4.5-point chalk. The team had also previously covered four in a row. Two 18 point quarters doomed the Celtics and they were outscored by 14 in the third. But this team is still a solid 18-11 SU at home and could really use the win here as they are locked into a tight three-way battle for fourth place with the Knicks and Hawks. Not finishing sixth is imperative as it would allow the Celts to avoid the three Eastern Conference heavyweights in the first round of the playoffs.
Both Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart missed Monday’s loss. They are expected back in the Boston lineup tonight. The team is less optimistic about Jaylen Brown (doubtful) while Jayson Tatum has said he WILL play. Regardless, this is a really good value on a team that isn’t a home dog very often. Phoenix was only a three-point favorite when they hosted the Celtics back in February. They could be excused for an “off-night” here considering the situation and they’ve got another back to back upcoming with the Nets/Knicks. Winning all these games isn’t going to happen. 10* Boston