NBA Picks: Celtics vs. Spurs

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:41 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 2:41 PM UTC

The San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics have two things in common: They’re tied at 5-5 against the NBA odds, and they both play Wednesday night at the AT&T Center.

<p style="text-align:center"><i style="text-align:center;font-size:1em"><i>Take a look at our <a target="_blank" title="NBA Picks: Wednesday Picks of the Day" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-the-day-wednesday-a-35108/">NBA Picks of the Day article</a> for more free plays.</i></i></p> <p>So I was watching the<a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/add-celtics-11-vs-rockets-nba-picks-a-35075/" title="Review our picks from this matchup" target="_blank"> Boston Celtics play the Houston Rockets Tuesday night</a> (on TV, that is), and it sure looked to me like the Celtics were built for tanking. They were down 40-18 after the first quarter. In the end, Boston fell 109-85, dropping the cash as 10.5-point road dogs. This was an absolute de-pantsing, the kind we all expected when the season started.</p> <p>Is it safe to fade <a href="/nba-basketball/news/nba-betting-boston-celtics-2013-14-season-betting-preview-a-34009/" title="NBA Betting: Boston Celtics 2013-14 Season Betting Preview" target="_blank">the Boston Celtics</a> now? Perhaps; they started the season with four straight losses (2-2 ATS), then shocked everyone with four straight wins (4-0 ATS), beating the defending champion Miami Heat in Miami. Now Boston is on another four-game losing streak at 0-4 ATS. It’s been one of those years for the <a href="" title="Chat with fellow bettors in our NBA Handicapping Forum" target="_blank">basketball betting community</a>. Let’s see how Boston stacks up against another team that hasn’t been delivering quite as expected.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">[gameodds]5/247854/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p> <p><b>15 Storey Halo</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <img style="font-size:1em" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" src="/picks-pictures/ManuGinobiliSpursNBA_September2013_200.jpg" /> <p>Yes indeed, next up are the <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-san-antonio-spurs-team-futures-odds-a-33612/" title="NBA Picks: San Antonio Spurs Team Futures Odds" target="_blank">San Antonio Spurs</a>, who are doing just fine in the real world at 9-1 SU, but they’re treading water in the NBA betting world at 5-5 ATS. Business appears to have picked up, however, at 3-1 ATS in the past four games. The Spurs have been idle since Friday, as well, so they’ve got a very good opportunity to keep the cash registers ringing on Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET, FSN). San Antonio is favored by 15 points; that’s up from 14 points at the open, although our consensus reports show 66 percent support for Boston.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>When something like this happens, it’s usually one of two things: an anomaly in the data, or the sharps are unloading on the other side. I don’t know too many sharps who feel good about eating this much chalk, though. The Spurs are already 3-0 SU and 1-2 ATS this year as double-digit faves, and 19-2 SU and 9-12 ATS since the start of last season.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Having said that, something magical happens when the NBA point spreads reach –15. San Antonio is 29-1 SU and 20-9-1 ATS when laying at least 15 points, stretching all the way back to Y2K. The OVER is 18-12 in those games, so that’s a possible avenue if you’re not interested in eating chalk; however, the UNDER is a combined 15-7 for the Spurs and Celtics this year. Wednesday’s total is 192 points.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Back-to-Back Suplex</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>As for the Celtics playing on zero days of rest, it’s a short trip from Houston to San Antonio, and that blowout loss to the Rockets allowed head coach Brad Stevens to empty his reserves. Avery Bradley led all players with 27 minutes. Phil Pressey got to play 21 minutes. We even had a Keith Bogans sighting (12 minutes). I doubt fatigue will play much of a factor on Wednesday.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Besides, this is a very young Boston team. As rough as things look right now, the Celtics are getting positive reviews for rebuilding the right way. Stevens is working mostly with up-and-comers; Bogans and Kris Humphries have been planted firmly on the bench while Jared Sullinger (21.2 PER) and Jordan Crawford (18.6 PER) have taken more prominent roles. The combination of young legs and a willingness to listen to Stevens (himself a fresh-faced 37) is just what Boston needs for its slow rebuild.</p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Given all these criss-crossing NBA betting angles, I’m going to recommend adding the UNDER to your <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Betting Predictions" target="_blank">NBA picks</a> in this situation. The Celtics rank No. 26 in the league in offensive efficiency and No. 12 in defense (another nod to Stevens), while the Spurs are No. 12 in offense and No. 2 in defense. On top of that, the Rockets game went UNDER 194 thanks in part to all those bench players getting onto the floor. We might see the same thing happen Wednesday.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <b>NBA Pick:</b> Take UNDER 193 at Guardian
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