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Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 11-8-2018

                Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics – 11/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (6-4) at Phoenix Suns (2-8)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday night.

The Boston Celtics will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Nuggets in a 115-107 road loss on Monday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 31 points and five assists on 13 of 17 shooting, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 15 points while Al Horford chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the field as they stormed out of the gates to lead by as many as 18 points in the first quarter, but the Nuggets dominated the rest of the way behind a career-high 48 points from Jamal Murray. The Celtics shot just nine of 31 from the three-point line, they were outrebounded by 59-43 and shot just 10 of 12 from the free-throw line compared to the Nuggets who made 20 of 28.

Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics – 11/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have lost eight of their first 10 games of the season and they will be looking to bounce back after getting blown out by the Nets in a 104-82 home loss on Tuesday. Devin Booker led the team in scoring with 20 points but shot just six of 21 from the field, DeAndre Ayton added 15 points with 13 rebounds while Isaiah Canaan and Richaun Holmes each scored 13 points. As a team, the Suns shot just 34 percent from the field and nine of 25 from the three-point line as they finished with a season low in total points and field goal percentage.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games following a loss, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record. The Suns are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record.

Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Phoenix, the Celtics are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Phoenix.

The Celtics still look like a work in progress and and they could really do with a win to steady the ship after losing two on the trot, so a matchup with the lowly Suns could be just what the doctor ordered. The Suns are surprisingly 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall, but seven of their eight losses this season have come by double-digits and I think the Celtics take advantage with a comfortable bounce back performance in this one.

Boston dropped their first two games of this five game road swing as they followed up a last-second loss to the Pacers by getting beaten in Denver. The Celtics now look to regroup and pick up their first win of the road swing here. Boston jumped to a 15 point lead after the opening quarter but went cold after that. The Celtics saw their lead trimmed to two at the half and saw Denver take control in the third quarter: Boston attempted to rally but came up short.

In the game, Boston shot 50.6 percent from the field in the contest but went only nine of 31 from beyond the arc. The Celtics were 10 of 12 at the line compared to Denver’s 20 of 28, which proved the difference in the game. Kyrie Irving led Boston with 31 points in the loss. The Celtics are 2-4 ATS on the road this season while the under is 4-2 in those contests.

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