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NBA Best Bet of the Day: San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics

The San Antonio Spurs (+110) will play the second of a three-game road swing on Sunday as they face the Boston Celtics (-132) at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The Spurs have dropped each of their past two outings after having a nine-game win streak snapped on Wednesday.

The Celtics have lost three straight, including a 124-117 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

Odds provided by Bet365 at time of publishing.

By the Numbers

  • 71 percent of the money has come in on the Celtics to cover -2 (-105) since the line opened, according to Covers.com, despite the fact Boston is just 3-6-1 against the spread over its past 10 games, while San Antonio is 7-2-1.
  • The Spurs are 40-31 ATS for the year, but just 16-18 as the road team. The Celtics have covered in 20 of 37 home games.
  • San Antonio has played a more free-wheeling style on the road, playing to the over in 23 of 36 outings. Boston has gone over the number in 22 of 37 games at home.
  • Both teams rank inside the NBA’s top 10 in offensive efficiency this season. The Celtics are sixth in defensive efficiency, but the Spurs rank just 19th out of the 30 teams.

Key Injuries

The Celtics could be severely shorthanded on Sunday night. C Aron Baynes is doubtful with an ankle injury, and C Al Horford also missed Saturday’s game due to a knee issue. SF Gordon Hayward sat out Saturday due to a concussion and is questionable to return for the second half of the back-to-back. SF Jayson Tatum suffered a hard fall late against the Hornets. He was able to remain in the contest but was to be re-evaluated following the loss.

NBA Best Bet

Moneyline: Take the Spurs (+110) but keep a close eye on the Celtics’ injuries. The availability of Horford and Co. could sway this in favor of Boston. Their confirmed absences would be likely to make the Spurs the favorite.

Against the spread: The tight spread (+2) has the Celtics with -105 odds to cover despite being a heavier favorite for the outright win. Still, -116 isn’t a bad number for the Spurs and should be taken amid the injury concerns in Boston.

Over/under: The Celtics have played over the 220.5 number in seven of their last nine games while the Spurs have surpassed the projected total in just one of their past 12 outings. Lock in the under at -120 while sticking with San Antonio.

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