Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 1/7/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
The San Antonio Spurs welcome the Boston Celtics at AT&T Center on Saturday.
The Celtics stepped onto the hardwood against the Thunder and ended up losing by a score of 150-117 in their last game. In regard to fouls, the Celtics walked away with 15 and the Thunder recorded 23 fouls. They also knocked down 20 of 40 tries from beyond the perimeter. Oklahoma City finished shooting 63.6% when shooting free throws by burying 14 of their 22 tries. On top of that, Oklahoma City pulled down 44 rebounds (9 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Oklahoma City earned 31 dimes and had 14 steals for this game. Regarding defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 59.2% from the field on 58 of 98 shooting. They also dished out 29 dimes in this game while forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and earning 4 steals. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 38 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 25 of their 31 shots for a percentage of 80.6%. Boston ended the contest having earned a 45.5% FG percentage (40 of 88) and made 12 of their 40 three-point attempts.
Jaylen Brown is one player who came through for the contest. He totaled 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25 mins and grabbed 1 board. Brown ended up going 61.1% from the field and earned 2 assists.
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Boston heads into this matchup with a mark of 26-12 this year. They are averaging 118.6 pts per game (1st in the league) while hitting 47.8% from the floor. The Celtics are hitting 37.2% on three-point attempts (592 of 1,593) and 82.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Boston is pulling down 43.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,011 dimes this year, which is 7th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.7 times per game and as a team they commit 19.2 personal fouls every game.
On defense, the Celtics are forcing 13.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.2 fouls. They rank 2nd in basketball in allowing assists with 861 surrendered on the year. The Celtics defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (1,615 of 3,424) and they concede 44.2 boards per game as a group. They give up 36.1% on shots from distance and they are ranked 15th in basketball in points per game allowed (113.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Spurs took a loss by a final score of 117-114 when they faced the Knicks. The Spurs were able to pull down 29 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 38 for the contest. They also turned the ball over 15 times, while recording 5 steals for this game. The Knicks committed 21 fouls in this contest which took the Spurs to the charity stripe for 26 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of those for a percentage of 80.8%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, San Antonio made 11 of 28 tries (39.3%). Overall, the Spurs finished 41 for 82 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Spurs allowed the Knicks to make 45 of their 94 tries from the field which had them shooting 47.9% for the matchup. They finished 32.3% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 17 out of 26 from the charity stripe (65.4%). When talking about team rebounding, San Antonio allowed New York to grab 47 overall (14 offensive).
Keldon Johnson ended up being important for the Spurs for this contest. Johnson tallied 26 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 2 dimes for this game. He converted 7 of 16 for the game for a rate of 43.8%, and added 7 rebounds.
San Antonio has a record of 12-26 this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Spurs are shooting 47.1% from the field, which is 14th in the league. San Antonio has tallied 4,244 pts this season (111.7 per game) and they pull down 42.6 boards per game. They are earning an assist 27.0 times per game (4th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 16.0 times per game. The Spurs are committing 20.1 fouls every game and they connect on 73.1% from the free throw line.
The San Antonio defense allows 39.3% on three-point shots (483 of 1,229) and opponents are connecting on 78.1% of their free throw shots. They surrender 26.4 dimes and 43.2 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 29th and 12th in basketball. The Spurs defensively are ranked 30th in the league in points given up per game with 120.9. They are forcing 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 50.6% from the field (30th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston
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