Celtics vs Suns Prediction NBA Picks Today 3/14

Celtics vs Suns Prediction NBA Picks Today 3/14

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Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics Preview - Prediction KingPin Pro

TD Garden, Boston, MA; March 14, 2024, 4:30 p.m. ET

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
4:30 PM +4.5 (-110) o231.5 (-105) +160
- -4.5 (-110) u231.5 (-115) -190

Game Overview

Boston Celtics (51-14) host the Phoenix Suns (38-27) at TD Garden. The Celtics aim for their fourth straight win against the Suns, who are looking to avenge their recent loss. With key players such as Jaylen Brown questionable for the Celtics and Kristaps Porzingis out for Boston, the Suns have an opportunity to capitalize and steal a win.

 

Team Statistics

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns, led by scoring machine K. Durant, have been competitive on both ends of the court. Despite recent setbacks, the Suns boast a solid record and will look to Durant's offensive prowess to lead them against the Celtics.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics, with Jayson Tatum leading the charge, have been dominant at home. However, the absence of key defensive anchor Kristaps Porzingis might leave them vulnerable against a Suns team eager to exploit defensive gaps.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Phoenix Suns

The Suns will be without Josh Okogie, but players like K. Durant and J. Nurkic are expected to step up in his absence.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics face uncertainty with Jaylen Brown's status, and the absence of Kristaps Porzingis could be a significant blow to their defense. Without Porzingis, the Celtics might struggle to contain the Suns' offensive firepower.

 

Recent Performances

Phoenix Suns

The Suns are coming off a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, showcasing their resilience and ability to compete against top teams.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been on a winning streak, but their recent matchups have exposed vulnerabilities, especially on the defensive end.

 

Prediction

Considering the key absences for both teams, particularly the absence of Kristaps Porzingis for the Celtics, the Suns are in a favorable position to cover the +4.5 points spread. Without Porzingis, the Celtics may struggle defensively, opening up opportunities for K. Durant and the Suns to capitalize offensively. This, coupled with recent performances and matchups, leads us to predict that the Phoenix Suns will cover the +4.5 points spread.

Pick: Phoenix Suns +4.5

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