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NBA Odds: Celtics vs. Spurs

There are several big games happening Wednesday night but none is bigger than the San Antonio Spurs visiting the Boston Celtics. NBA odds have the Celtics favored at home over the Spurs, who play the second of back-to-back games after visiting the Knicks on Tuesday night. Both Sportsbook.ag and Bovada list the over/under at 190 points.

Entering Tuesday’s game against New York, the San Antonio Spurs had the league’s best record at 29-4, including 10-2 on the road. They were 14-1 over their last 15 games and had beaten four straight nba betting spreads. Sizzling three-point shooting has been crucial to San Antonio’s success; through Monday’s action the Spurs were second in the NBA at 40 per cent from beyond the arc.

The Boston Celtics lost three of four at the end of December in a little NBA betting skid but have since recovered with consecutive wins over Toronto and Minnesota. They enter Thursday’s home game against San Antonio as the league’s top defensive team, allowing a league-low 90.8 points per game.

While bettors may be excited to pick a fresh Boston team at home over a tired Spurs team, they have to be careful; Kevin Garnett is as important as any Celtics contributor, at least on the defensive side, and his calf injury will likely hold him out of Wednesday’s game. With no Kendrick Perkins or Kevin Garnett policing the post, could Tim Duncan have a field day?

Thursday’s marquee NBA betting matchup pits the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Dallas Mavericks. Whether or not Dallas is favored at home over Kevin Durant and the Thunder at places like Sportsbook.ag or Bovada depends on the health of Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs’ leading scorer has missed five straight games with a strained knee and his status is in doubt for Thursday.

Entering their matchup with Portland on Tuesday, the Mavs had lost three of four and gone 1-3 against the spread without Dirk Nowitzki. Worse yet, third-leading scorer Caron Butler has been lost for the season with a knee injury.

While they aren’t sneaking up on the league like they did last year, the Thunder’s NBA odds continue to trend upward this year. Russell Westbrook carried them over the first few months and, now that Westbrook is regressing, Kevin Durant is back running the show as the league’s most dominant scorer.

Through Monday’s action, the Thunder had won two of three and beaten two of three spreads. However, they still may have a bad taste in their mouths after the Spurs embarrassed them 101-74 on New Year’s Day. The beating wasn’t a huge surprise considering Oklahoma City also played on New Year’s Eve.