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Celtics face Suns: NBA odds preview

Boston CelticsPhoenix Suns
Feb 22, 9:00 PM | US Airways Center

Boston Celtics vs Phoenix Suns Odds

28-26TEAM RECORD18-37

The visiting Celtics hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at US Airways Center against the Suns.

The Suns sport records of 18-37 and 22-31-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Celtics sit at 28-26 and 23-28-3 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 24-29-2 for the Suns and 26-27-1 for the Celtics. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Suns sit at No. 28 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Celtics are at No. 17 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Celtics will win this game 96-92.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 94.9 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 10 at 96.1 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.4% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 45.7% per game.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 15-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.8 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 26 in the league in scoring at home.

Boston lost its last outing, a 113-99 result against the Lakers on February 20. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point underdog, while the 212 combined points took the game OVER the total. Paul Pierce went off for 26 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Los Angeles defeated Boston, 113-99 at STAPLES Center.

The Suns were a 108-98 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (206) made winners of UNDER bettors. Phoenix got 20 points and 10 assists from Goran Dragic in a losing cause in a 108-98 loss to Golden State on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing San Antonio are 7-3
After playing Golden State are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

A few Celtics at Suns trends to consider:
Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
Boston is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 9 games at home
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
Boston at Portland, Sunday, February 24
Phoenix home to San Antonio, Sunday, February 24