Saturday, March 26, 2016
US Airways Center
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The Boston Celtics travel to US Airways Center to play the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The opening line for this game has Boston as 7.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 216.
The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 42-30 and a road record of 17-18. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.8 as they are averaging 105.8 points per game while giving up 102 per contest. Boston is 10-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 29-19. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Suns have an overall record of 20-51 and a home record of 13-23. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 100.5 points per game and surrendering 107.6, good for a point differential of -7.1. Phoenix has a division record of 5-8 and a conference record of 14-31. In their last 10 games they are 5-5.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 22.2 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 3 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 88%. Avery Bradley averages 15.1 points per game in 33.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 2.8 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Brandon Knight averages 19.4 points per game while playing 36 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 4 rebounds per game and has 5.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Devin Booker averages 12.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 26.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.3 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Boston averages 105.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 27th in the league. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 24.3 assists per game which ranks them 7th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 13.8 per game. The Celtics allow 102 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 4th and 1st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.9 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 16.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Phoenix averages 100.5 points per game this year which ranks them 22nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -7.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 28th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 52.5 rebounds per game and 20.5 assists per contest which ranks them 12th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Suns rank 29th with 16.7 per game. The Suns allow 107.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 30th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 22.3 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. The Suns force 14.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the NBA.
The Celtics average 105.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 106 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 1.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 12.7 per contest. The Celtics have an offensive rating of 106.9 and a defensive rating of 103.1. In terms of pace they average 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Suns score 103.6 ppg at home and they have averaged 103.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 3.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -2.5 points per game. The Suns rating on offense is 102.3 and they have a defensive rating of 109.5. They get 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Phoenix turns the ball over on 14.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 38-32-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 35-36-1 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 29-42-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 36-35-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
03/13/16 F Jae Crowder Ankle out indefinitely
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
03/25/16 C Tyson Chandler Back is downgraded to expected to miss Friday vs. Sacramento
02/02/16 F T.J. Warren Ankle out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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