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NBA Betting: Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics Prediction

Fri, Jan 28, 2:35pm by Kevin Pitstock

The U.S. Airways Center, formerly known as the America West Arena, is the site for this National Basketball Association match-up. It will be played in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, January 28, 2011. The Suns have a record of 20-24 and are 2nd in the Pacific Division behind the Los Angeles Lakers. At home they hold a record of 11-10 and are 9-14 on the road. The Boston Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 34-10 record and are 21-7 in road games. These teams have not played each other this season. Let’s preview the teams and then make a prediction.

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Phoenix Suns Team Preview

The Phoenix Suns are led in several offensive categories by Steve Nash. He leads in scoring averaging 17.3 points per game and is a 53% field goal shooter. Channing Frye averages six rebounds per game and averages one block per game. Off the bench, Jared Dudley is the leader in steals per game. The team has had some trouble keeping other teams from scoring. Opponents average 107.9 points per game which put the Suns as ranked #29 in the league. On the flip side, they are #3 in the amount of points scored with a 105.8 average. Phoenix comes in ranked #27 in rebounding for the season. They have lost two games in a row and have won five of their last ten games.

Boston Celtics Team Preview

Boston is lead in scoring by Pierce and his 19.1 average. Kevin Garnett will be asked to pick up the offensive slack should Pierce not be able to answer the start. Garnett leads the team with 53% field goal accuracy and Rajon Rondo is the assists leader at 2.4 per game. Glen Davis is the primary rebounder at 5.4 per game. The Celtics home won six of their last 10 games. In their last game they defeated the Miami Heat 88-80. As a team, the Celtics average 99.6 points per game and allow their opponents to score 91.8 per game. The team leads all teams in the NBA in field goal accuracy at a 50% clip.

Suns vs. Celtics Picks and Prediction

In considering a prediction will have to take into consideration the injury effect on the Boston Celtics. If Pierce and/or Shaquille or unable to perform, this will even the playing field and might allow for an inferior Suns team to come away with a victory. The betting odds find the Phoenix Suns at +4.5 from Sportsbet. In the Suns vs. Celtics our prediction is to place your money on the home team Suns to cover the spread. Odds courtesy of Sportsbet.

Our Pick: Suns at +4.5

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