Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/3/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, February 3, 2023
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
TD Garden is the site where the Boston Celtics will attempt to defeat the Phoenix Suns on Friday.
The Suns faced off with the Hawks and took a loss by a score of 132-100 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Suns finished with 13 and the Hawks totaled 24 fouls. They converted 19 out of their 33 attempts from beyond the arc. Atlanta finished the game shooting 81.8% when shooting free throws by burying 9 of 11 tries. In addition, Atlanta snagged 45 boards (6 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Atlanta distributed 32 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. With respect to the defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to go 57.1% from the field on 52 out of 91 shooting. They also distributed 22 dimes in this matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Concerning rebounding, they earned 44 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Suns knocked down 26 of 31 attempts for a rate of 83.9%. Phoenix walked away from the contest having earned a 40.7% FG percentage (35 out of 86) and made 4 of their 28 3-pointers.
Mikal Bridges is a player who was a factor for this contest. Bridges finished shooting 33.3% from the floor and earned 7 assists. He was on the hardwood for 30 minutes played and pulled down 5 rebounds. He ended up with 23 points on 6 of 18 shooting.
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Phoenix will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 27-26 for the campaign. They turn it over 14.2 times per contest and as a unit are committing 20.9 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling down 43.9 boards per game and has accumulated 1,427 dimes this year, which is 3rd in basketball in terms of passing. The Suns are shooting 38.4% on shots from 3-point land (672 of 1,751) and 79.5% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 112.7 points per game (21st in basketball) on 46.2% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.2 fouls. They concede 36.4% on shots from distance and they are 5th in the NBA in points per game allowed (111.8). The Suns are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.0% (2,145 of 4,562) and they relinquish 43.2 boards per contest as a basketball team. They rank 7th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,249 surrendered for the year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Celtics walked away with a victory by a final of 139-96 against the Nets. When talking about how they attacked the glass, Boston permitted Brooklyn to snag 32 overall (5 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 23.1% from 3-point land by going 9 out of 39 and ended up going 15 of 18 at the free throw line (83.3%). The Celtics permitted the Nets to make 36 of their 88 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 40.9% for the matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 53 out of 92 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.6%. In reference to three-point attempts, Boston converted 26 out of their 54 attempts (48.1%). They were able to make 7 of the free throws for a percentage of 70.0%. The Nets earned 12 fouls for this contest which took the Celtics to the free throw line for a total of 10 shots. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while getting 4 steals for the game. The Celtics were able to snag 46 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 57 in this game.
Jayson Tatum was important for the Celtics for the contest. Tatum tallied 31 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 dimes in the matchup. He knocked down 12 out of 19 for the game for a field goal percentage of 63.2%, and added 9 rebounds.
Boston has a mark of 37-15 for the campaign. The Celtics commit 18.8 fouls per contest and they hit 82.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.3 times per contest (6th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. Boston has accounted for 6,145 points this season (118.2 per game) and they pull down 44.9 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Celtics are shooting 47.4% from the field, which is ranked 13th in basketball.
The Boston defense allows 35.2% on 3-point attempts (603 of 1,711) and opponents are knocking down 78.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 22.6 dimes and 43.7 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 2nd and 16th in the NBA. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 8th in the league in points per game surrendered with 112.0. They are forcing 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (8th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix
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