NBA Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics

by Dirty on March 28, 2010

The San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at TD Garden.

Oddsmakers currently have the Celtics listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Spurs, while the game’s total is sitting at 191½.

Manu Ginobili netted 30 points with six rebounds and six assists on Friday, leading the Spurs in a 102-97 victory over the Cavaliers. The Spurs won that game as a slight 1-point favorite, while the 199 points sailed OVER the posted total of 194.5.

Richard Jefferson and Tim Duncan each had 16 points in the win for the Spurs.

The Celtics jumped out to an early lead and went on to defeat the Kings 94-86 on Friday. The Celtics covered the 11-point spread, while the 180 points went UNDER the posted total of 196.

Kevin Garnett collected 18 points with 13 rebounds for a double-double in leading the Celtics. Paul Pierce tossed in a team-high 22 points in the win.

Current streak:
Boston has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
San Antonio: 43-28 SU, 37-33-1 ATS
Boston: 47-25 SU, 30-41-1 ATS

San Antonio most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing New Jersey are 7-3
After playing Cleveland are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Boston most recently:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
San Antonio is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Boston
San Antonio is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games when playing Boston
San Antonio is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games
San Antonio is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing San Antonio
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Antonio

Next up:
San Antonio at New Jersey, Monday, March 29
Boston home to Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 31

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