I actually like tonight’s card and have 4 – 5 bets for tonight, including this one, between two teams that have big hopes and plans this season.
Boston Celtics – SA Spurs
Both teams made some great moves this summer, improving a lot. With Spurs, the main question was, if LMA’s addition will be enough to make them a contender, given the decline of their starring trio.
For Boston, it mainly was, can they make a leap in to Top 4 in the East, with a year passing and their players improving and also with the great additions both in trades (Lee) and via draft (Rozier) and free agency (Johnson).
Obviously we won’t get an answer today, but this is probably the most interesting game of the night (and it also starts early, for those that want to watch it).
But, back to our business, I like Boston chances tonight.
No question that Spurs got Celtics number. Won all of the last seven meetings (last six – all by double digits) between the teams and 32 out of 39 the last two decades.
Still, nothing stays the same and while Boston young stars getting better and better, Spurs stars (some of them) start to decline.
Furthermore, I really think that Johnson in general, is a great answer for Boston’s problems under the rims on defense, since no one of their bigs last season, didn’t do much in that area and it can be crucial, playing Timmy, LMA and West.
The line gives me a lot of confidence, since we don’t really need Boston to win, just to make things hard for the Spurs.
Boston got the defense, the shooting power and the answer on boards (especially with Splitter no longer a Spur), to make it a game and Spurs are still… a work in progress.
Can Spurs win another game by double digits against the Celtics? Of course they can.
But Stevens is a great coach and Boston made some big mistakes in the loss to Toronto and Stevens should solve them I believe.
Boston without a doubt, a rising force in the East and today they should test their abilities against a title contender.
Boston +5.5, 1.95 odds – 7 units play – Pinnacle
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