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Spurs host Celtics on NBA odds

The banged-up Spurs will be looking for their second ATS win of the season over the Celtics when the two teams meet in San Antonio on Thursday night.

San Antonio, with its three key players all hobbled by injury, enters Thursday's marquee matchup on a four-game losing skid; watch the injury updates closely as tip-off approaches for this one.

View Boston vs San Antonio Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Spurs, currently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Celtics, who rate No. 10 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 105-103 victory for the Spurs.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features San Antonio's No. 13-rated squad against Boston's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, San Antonio rates No. 4 in the league with 8.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 5.1 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 90.3 points per game when on the road. San Antonio, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in home scoring.

In their last action, Boston was a 107-100 loser on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 1.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (207) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Paul Pierce scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Celtics to victory (they lost 107-100 to Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse on Monday).

Last time out for San Antonio, they were a 100-92 loser as they battled the Trail Blazers at home. The Spurs failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 192 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. San Antonio got 27 points from George Hill en route to a 100-92 loss against Portland on Monday at AT&T Center.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 7-3
After playing Indiana are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

San Antonio Spurs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Portland are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3


A few Celtics at Spurs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against San Antonio
San Antonio is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Antonio's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Antonio's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Atlanta, Friday, April 1
San Antonio at Houston, Friday, April 1

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