San Antonio Spurs vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 4/30/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+1.5)
The Boston Celtics (33-30) host the San Antonio Spurs (31-30) at TD Garden on Friday. San Antonio opens this contest as 1.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 221.5.
The San Antonio Spurs played the Miami Heat and took a loss by a score of 116-111 in their last game. San Antonio finished having earned a 46.6% field goal percentage (41 out of 88) and made 10 of their 32 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Spurs made 19 of 24 shots for a percentage of 79.2%. In terms of hauling in boards, they earned 40 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 26 dimes in this game as well as forcing 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. Regarding defending, San Antonio allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the floor on 43 out of 85 shooting. Miami distributed 26 dimes and had 4 steals in this game. Additionally, Miami collected 48 rebounds (10 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Miami finished 87.5% when shooting free throws by converting 21 of 24 tries. They also converted 9 of their 25 shots from 3-point range.
Dejounte Murray is a player who was important for this contest. He racked up 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He played 36:23 mins played and totaled 10 boards. Murray finished the game shooting 47.1% from the floor and dished out 11 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Spurs was DeMar DeRozan. He collected 4 rebounds in 35:29 min played. He finished shooting 53.8% from the floor for the matchup via 7-of-13 (20 points). Overall, DeRozan tallied 8 assists.
San Antonio will enter this contest with a record of 31-30 for the campaign. The Spurs are connecting on 35.5% on 3-pointers (627 of 1,767) and 78.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 110.7 points per game (20th in the NBA) while shooting 46.1% from the floor. They are giving up possession 11.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.1 personal fouls every game. As a unit, San Antonio is pulling in 44.0 rebounds per game and has earned 1,503 dimes for the campaign, which is 20th in the league in terms of passing. Defensively, the Spurs are forcing 13.4 turnovers per game while drawing 18.8 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 7th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,483 relinquished for the season. The Spurs are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.7% (818 of 1,149) and they surrender 47.4 boards per game as a group. They are relinquishing 37.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 14th in the league in PPG allowed (111.2).
For their last game, the Boston Celtics walked away with a victory by a final of 120-111 against the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics were able to pull down 35 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive rebounds for a total of 54 in this matchup. They turned it over 14 times, while earning 9 steals for this game. The Hornets earned 18 personal fouls in this contest which took the Celtics to the free throw line for 22 tries. They were able to bury 17 of the free throw tries for a rate of 77.3%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Boston buried 15 out of their 40 attempts (37.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 44 for 92 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.8%. The Celtics allowed the Hornets to convert 37 of their 87 tries from the field which left them shooting 42.5% for the game. They wrapped up this game 37.1% from 3-point land by shooting 13 of 35 and ended up going 24 out of 32 at the free throw line (75.0%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Boston permitted Charlotte to collect 33 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Jaylen Brown ended up being important for the Celtics for this contest. He made 13 out of 23 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 56.5%, and had 7 rebounds. Brown recorded 38 points in his 36:48 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 4 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Boston was Jayson Tatum. He wrapped the game up with 8 dimes in 40:41 mins played, and he put in 12 of 23 from the floor. Tatum ended the game having shot 52.2% from the floor as well as collecting 35 points and 8 total rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss mark of 33-30 this season. The Celtics have committed 20.3 fouls per game while shooting 77.7% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 23.2 times per contest (24th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per game. Boston has earned 7,061 points this year (112.1 per game) and they pull down 44.4 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Celtics are hitting on 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 16th in basketball. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 10th in the league in points given up per game with 110.4. They are forcing their opponents into 14.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the floor (11th in the NBA). The Boston defense concedes 37.1% on shots from behind the 3-point line (813 of 2,193) and opponents are connecting on 77.9% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 24.1 assists and 42.2 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 8th and 6th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-1.5)
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