The Boston Celtics, riding a four-game winning streak, are NBA betting online favorites to beat the San Antonio Spurs, who are coming off back-to-back losses. The latter have, however, recent history on their side; the Celtics have been unable to defeat the Spurs since 2011, losing 11 consecutive games thenceforth. Gordon Hayward would be, were Boston able to snap that skid, jumping in one leg for joy, that’s for sure.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 30, 2017
- Date: Monday, 30th October
- Time: 7:40 PM
- Venue: TD Garden
- Sportsbook NBA Games Betting Odds:
Spurs +3½ (-110) 193 (-110) +140
Celtics -3½ (-110) 193 (-110) -160
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich may have to get tough on his guards, you know, scare them into shooting straight. Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili shot 8-of-37 on Friday against Orlando, and 10 of 38 against Indiana on Sunday, and on both occasions not only did San Antonio lost straight-up but also failed to cover. The Spurs guards’ lack of accuracy also led to the total going under in the two losses. “Sometimes they don’t go in, which is what basketball is,” Mills, who missed a would-be buzzer-beating, game-tying, three-point shot against the Pacers, said. The only saving grace for the team has been LaMarcus Aldridge, who is averaging 27.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. San Antonio is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the Celtics but also 6-14 ATS in their last 20 Monday games, 1-4 ATS in their last five against Atlantic division teams and 1-5 ATS and 1-3 SU in their last four games with no days off between games, while Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 5-0 ATS in their last five against the Southwest division, and 4-0 against the NBA betting online spread in their last four games overall.
Don’t tell my leg, my achy breaky leg, I just don’t think it’d understand
Gordon Hayward’s injury wasn’t, it turns out, the end of the world for anyone not named Gordon Hayward. “It’s a hard blow, but then as the days go on you kind of realize that this is our reality, this is what we have, and we need to make the most of it with what’s here right now,” Al Horford said. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum continue to show wherewithal beyond their years, especially the latter, who is averaging 17.3 points while shooting 55.3% in his last four games, in which period the Celtics have gone 4-0 SU and ATS. The total has gone, additionally, under in each of those four games. The visiting team is, in this matchup, 20-8-2 ATS in the last 30 encounters, while the Spurs are 6-1 ATS in the last seven head-to-heads and 13-3-1 ATS in the last 17 trips to Boston. The NBA betting online total has gone over in seven of the Celtics’ last nine games at home, but both teams have been trending toward the under lately, and the Pop himself said they will rely on defense to try and hold off Boston.