Celtics Vs Spurs | 2019 NBA Season Week #3 Betting Odds & Picks
Celtics Vs. Spurs Betting Odds And Expert Pick
Day games are always a treat. They’re the only games going on at that time and gives us something to look forward to before the other games start.
This time the Eastern Conference leaders Boston Celtics are visiting the San Antonio Spurs.
Boston Celtics (+600) Vs. San Antonio Spurs (+166.67) Betting Lines
|+1.5 (-110)||Spread||-1.5 -(-110)|
|O 215.5 (-110)||Total||U 215.5 (-110)|
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Strong Celtics, Spurs following behind
The Celtics have started their season on fire with their only loss to the mighty Philadelphia 76ers.
The Spurs, on the other hand, have started out solidly like we always expect them to, but are struggling in some key aspects.
We know that the Spurs are one of the best-coached organizations in the entire league and have been for years now.
No matter their roster, they are able to claw through to the playoffs and give a fight to the best teams.
What the NBA Odds say about the Celtics vs Spurs Matchup
Boston is opening as a small underdog, which surprises me. They are only missing one player in Enes Kanter and have shown that it doesn’t slow them down at all.
Gordon Hayward has returned to the star level that the Celtics expected when they first signed him. Their record shows that the team is meshing very well early on in the season and can only improve from here.
The Spurs are not missing any of their players for this game, and have opened as a small favorite—even with their shaky start to the season.
The total of 215.5 also is a bit low, seeing as these teams have upped their pace of play from last season and are both in the top half of the league in offensive rating, which means they are incredibly efficient with their possessions.
Why bet on the Celtics
Watching Boston this year, it’s apparent they are already a well-oiled machine.
Most of their roster is the same as last year, but have inserted Kemba Walker instead of Kyrie Irving. Some would even call that an upgrade since Kyrie did not fit into the Celtics culture that well.
The biggest stories this year for the Celtics, though, are that Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum are both playing the best basketball of their careers.
Focusing On Defense
What’s more impressive is the Celtics are ranked third in defensive efficiency. Last year they finished seventh in defensive efficiency, but look like they are focusing on it more to lessen the pressure on their scoring.
Jaylen Brown returned to the lineup, which gives them even more depth to face a deep San Antonio team.
Their biggest weakness will be in the center spot since Enes Kanter is still out, but there is hope that he might return for this game, which would offer them a considerable boost.
Why bet on the Spurs?
This is a team that is currently lacking in identity. Their younger players in Dejounte Murray and Derrick White want to push the pace of the game and play it in transition.
Whenever they’re on the floor, they love to bring the ball up quick and score in under 10 seconds.
However, the more senior players DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge like to set the offense more and slow down. Their ideal shots are when they can set up a play and score, which usually starts at half court.
DeRozan And Aldridge Pick Up The Pace
It can be seen from the faster pace that DeRozan and Aldridge are attempting to embrace this new playstyle.
Their defense always has and will continue to be solid, but their offense is struggling to click correctly. They are the definition of a team that is better than the lower half of the conference and worse than the upper half.
If you look at their games this season, they have beaten teams that are under 500… but they have also struggled with and lost to those who were above 500.
It’s a case of where their good coaching is carrying them against the lower teams, but they aren’t able to perform cohesively as a unit against the elite ones.
Unfortunately for the Spurs, the Celtics are an elite team, and if they don’t commit to one style or the other, they’re going to lose this game.
Boston Celtics vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction
Based on what we’ve seen so far this season, Boston is heavily underpriced in this matchup.
The Celtics are miles ahead as a team and are a fantastic bet at +1.5. The game could seem close, but there’s no doubt that the Celtics will run away with this one in the second half.
As for the game total, the Spurs will likely have to embrace the fast pace of their youngsters. This makes the over of 215.5 a really good bet.
Both teams are coming off a day’s rest and will be ready to clash.
Our Expert NBA Bet: Spurs +1.5
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