The San Antonio Spurs are in Boston today for an East versus West clash with the Celtics. The potential Finals matchup is set to begin at 1:00pm ET at the TD BankNorth Garden and will be televised live on ABC. San Antonio Spurs vs Boston Celtics NBA picks at BetUS.com are favoring the Celtics -7.5 against the spread.
San Antonio last played on Tuesday night when they fell victim to the Denver Nuggets 96-104 at the Pepsi Center. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan did not see action in the game as a result of Greg Popovich's decision to let the two stars rest, and Manu Ginobili sat out the contest with a bruised hip. In their absence, Roger Mason poured in 26 points, grabbed five rebounds, and handed out six assists.
The Spurs at 33-15 are in first place in the Southwest division, but their lead over the Hornets is a slim three and a half games. San Antonio, who trails Los Angeles in the Western Conference overall standings by six and a half games, will be trying to duplicate the Lakers Thursday night effort in Boston when they took out the Celtics 110-109 in overtime.
Today's game is the third game in the Spurs current eight game road swing; they do not return home until a February 24th meeting with the Mavericks at the AT&T Center. San Antonio is 15-8 away from home this season where they average 96 points per game and give up 95.3 in return. They are 10-7 against Eastern Conference opposition, but they have yet to face the Celtics.
Boston is coming off a Friday night 110-100 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Celtics are likely to have the more weary legs in today's game after playing back to back games on Thursday and Friday. The home loss to Los Angeles this week snapped a 12 game winning streak for the Celts and gave them just their third loss (all to Western Conference opponents) at TD BankNorth all season.
The Celtics have a seemingly insurmountable 15.5 game lead in the Atlantic division, but they are chasing the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference overall standings. At 42-10 they are exactly one game behind Cleveland in the fight for home court advantage throughout the Playoffs.
Doc River's squad is 24-3 at the Garden this year as a result of their 105.8 point per game average. Not to be discounted, though, is their stiffling defense. They have limited teams to 92 points per game and 42.5 percent field goal shooting (tied for the league best with Cleveland) on the season. This fact is probably not lost on the Spurs, who shoot a lackluster 44.6 percent away from San Antonio.
San Antonio Spurs +7.5 (-110), Over 188 (-110)
Boston Celtics -7.5 (-110), Under 188 (-110)
NBA Picks Betting Trend: The Under is 8-2 in the Spurs last 10 games as a road underdog with a spread between 4 and 7.5.