#560 Boston Celtics -11.5 over Phoenix Suns 6:35 PM CT
Boston needed overtime to beat Phoenix on the road in November as this matchup won’t be overlooked. The Celtics lost on Saturday in Detroit in what was a sixth game in nine days but hasn’t played since. The 8-0 run prior to Saturday’s loss featured an average margin of victory of nearly 23 points as Boston is emerging as a serious Eastern Conference force yet again following some early season inconsistency. Boston is just 18-11 overall to sit in fifth place but the Celtics have some of the best defensive numbers in the NBA while posting the third best scoring differential in the NBA. Phoenix has the third worst scoring differential in the league and the fewest wins in the league.
The Suns have won two of 15 road games but will somehow enter this game on a three-game winning streak while coming off a road win in New York. Prior to Monday’s upset the Suns had lost by double-digits in each of the previous five road games. The only hurdle for Boston is perhaps Friday’s upcoming game with the Bucks being a prominent spot on the schedule but off a loss Boston should be sharp and should pull away while having the depth to hold on to a margin of victory past this number if they build a big early lead. The Suns have just 21 road wins since the start of the 2016-17 season and they have won the next game out just four times while covering just nine times.
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