Celtics vs Suns Odds, Spread and Predictions

Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul celebrate

Nov 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) reacts with center Deandre Ayton (22) during the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics face the Phoenix Suns on Friday, December 10th
Phoenix heads in as a 5.5-point favorite
Find the odds, preview, and prediction below

The Boston Celtics finish up their West Coast road trip on Friday, December 10th against the red-hot Phoenix Suns. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 PM EST at the Footprint Center.

The C’s have lost two straight, most recently falling to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at Staples. As for Phoenix, they’re 9-1 in their last 10 games and just took down Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs on Monday at home.

In two meetings last season, the Celtics and Suns won a game apiece.

Celtics vs Suns Odds

Team
Spread
Moneyline
Total Points

Boston Celtics
+5.5 (-110)
+194
OFF

Phoenix Suns
-5.5 (-110)
-235
OFF

Odds as of December 9th at FanDuel 

Phoenix is a 5-5 point home favorite and has gone 12-12 ATS this season. The Celtics meanwhile, are 9-7 ATS on the road in 2021/22.

Tough End to Road Trip For Boston

This has been a very tough road skid for Boston so far, losing to the Lakers, Clippers, and Jazz. Their only victory came in the way of a blowout against the Damian Lillard-less Blazers last Saturday. It also doesn’t help that Jaylen Brown is sidelined once again with hamstring soreness after already missing a handful of games.

Ime Udoka’s squad really struggled against the Clips on Wednesday, losing 114-111. While five different players dropped double-digits, led by Jayson Tatum with a team-high 29 points, it was a rather sloppy performance from the Celtics. They committed a dismal 22 turnovers, which LA capitalized on and turned into 33 points. Boston’s shooting woes from downtown continued as well, draining just 31% of their attempts.

We were cursed by the turnover bug Wednesday night in LA. pic.twitter.com/uchFov1kRO

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 9, 2021

While it was a rather careless game of basketball on both sides, the difference-maker for the C’s was the second quarter, getting outscored 39-23. Udoka’s team managed to cut a 21-point deficit to only four in the third, but the Clippers ultimately managed to stay ahead. The most disappointing part of this loss for the Celtics is that Paul George wasn’t even playing.  Yet, they were still cooked. Unfortunately, it won’t get any easier against the surging Suns.

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Who Can Stop Phoenix?

Chris Paul and Co. are firing on all cylinders right now and looking extremely scary on both sides of the ball. The Suns rank top-five in offensive and defensive rating while also sitting first in the Association with an impressive 47.9 field-goal percentage. However, they’re currently missing Devin Booker, who strained his hamstring on November 30th in a win against the Warriors. He’s officially out on Friday.

Monty Williams said Devin Booker is progressing, but hasn’t done any normal on-court stuff yet

Book was wearing sweats and didn’t look like an active participant in practice when we walked in pic.twitter.com/seAOYeKMmi

— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) December 9, 2021

Monday’s contest was certainly not easy for Monty Williams’ group, barely pulling out a 108-104 vs. San Antonio. CP3 led the charge with 21 points and 10 dimes, while Jae Crowder also had a season-high 19. Paul really came up big in the fourth quarter with some huge baskets and also made a game-changing defensive play on Spurs star Dejounte Murray, picking his pocket with a crafty steal in the dying minutes of a close game.

Without Booker in the Suns’ backcourt, there is obviously a void left. But, the rest of the rotation really stepped up nicely. Six different players had 13 or more points, with JaVale McGee and Cam Johnson combining for 26 off the bench. Although Boston isn’t at their best, this is still going to be a tough matchup. But, it does help that Phoenix boasts the second-best home record in the NBA at 11-2, behind only Steph Curry and Golden State.

Celtics vs Suns Prediction

The Celtics are dreadful on road, going 7-9. Although they’re in desperate need of a win, I don’t see it happening against a Suns team who are so well-rounded. Phoenix is practically unbeatable in front of their fans, too. CP3 will propel his squad to another victory.

Pick: Phoenix Suns -5.5 (-110)

Author: wpadmin

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