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Suns vs. Celtics betting lines

TD Garden features a battle between the host Boston Celtics, who defend the 3-ball better than any other NBA team, and the visiting Phoenix Suns, who are third-best in the league from behind the arc in hoops betting action on Wednesday.

The Suns have covered the spread in the past three meetings and have to cover 7 points today, and they are 6-2 ATS recently in games as an underdog of that size. They will face former teammate Shaq O'Neal in this one.

View Phoenix vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Boston opened as 7-point favorites, while the NBA total was set at 197.5 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting. (The best Suns line was -7, -105 at 5Dimes this afternoon).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 8-rated Celtics and the No. 18-rated Suns in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 107-100 win for the Celtics on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 20-ranked offense (98 PPG) against a Suns defense that ranks No. 26 at 105.1 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 49.1% from the field per game, more than the Suns have managed so far this season (47.2% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Suns own the league's No. 23-rated mark, allowing 106.7 points per game when on the road. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 17 in home scoring.

Phoenix won its last outing, a 104-103 result against the Nets on February 28. The Suns failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 207 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Suns got 17 points from Marcin Gortat as Phoenix ran past New Jersey 104-103 on Monday at Prudential Center.

The Celtics were a 107-102 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Jazz. They covered the 4–point spread as favorites, while the total score (209) made winners of OVER bettors. Boston got 25 points from Ray Allen en route to a 107-102 victory over Utah on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing New Jersey are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Golden State are 3-7
After playing Utah are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Suns at Celtics trends to consider:
Phoenix is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Phoenix is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 9 games on the road
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against Phoenix

Next up:
Phoenix at Milwaukee, Friday, March 4
Boston home to Golden State, Friday, March 4