Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs Prediction, NBA Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Jan 07, 2023

NBA: Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks

The Boston Celtics continue their road trip through Texas with a stop in San Antonio Saturday night to play the Spurs.

January 07, 2023, 6:00 PM ET
AT&T Center
San Antonio
Pointspread -15 -114
Moneyline -910
Over / Under o +234.5


Betting Action


Pointspread +15 -106
Moneyline +688
Over / Under u +234.5


Betting Action


The visitors will look to build off a convincing win over the Mavericks on Thursday and increase their lead atop the Eastern Conference. The Spurs aspire to put together a winning streak following Friday night’s vanquishing of the Detroit Pistons.

The NBA oddsmakers give the Celtics considerable chalk as -12.5 favourites, with the over-under established at 235.

Celtics vs. Spurs NBA Betting Odds

A peek into the records book to study recent tête-à-têtes offers a bit of the unexpected. The Celtics have been one of the most consistent organizations in the NBA for over a decade at this point. On the other hand, the glory days of the Spurs are far behind them. And yet San Antonio has a habit of taking Boston’s lunch money. Believe it or not but they swept the two-game season series last year and have claimed four of the last five meetings.

Joe Mazzulla should warn his ensemble to proceed with caution. His unit has a habit of taking lower-ranked squads far too lightly this season. Defeats to Orlando (twice), Oklahoma City, Chicago (twice), and Golden State are reasons for concern. Moreover, those failures in large part explain the team’s decent if unspectacular 21-17-1 record against the spread.

The opposite can practically be argued for Gregg Popovich’s squad. Despite languishing at 13-26 they’ve managed to put up an 18-20 tally ATS. Nothing to write home about, but it’s not what one would anticipate from a team fighting to avoid last place in an entire conference. Their four covers in five tries are also reasons for optimism, including twice against the Knicks in that span.

Boston Celtics

Whatever ailed Boston when they buckled against the Thunder on Tuesday, the team got it out of its system in time for Thursday night’s dance with the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas had won seven straight games, with Luka Doncic putting up sensational numbers.

It was a mixture of tight defence, very, very slick passing to find the open man and a Luka who seemed like a shadow of his usual self that told the story of the game. Boston held the Mavs to under 99 points for the first time in ten games. Nobody for the Celtics erupted for points (Jayson Tatum led the team with 29), but it was the brilliant, precise passes to find the best shot selection that dictated the terms. Tatum himself had himself a triple-double (29-10-14), and Boston’s 29 assists nearly doubled Dallas’ 15. It was also a rare case of Boston outrebounding the opposition (52-42). Make the final 124-95.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs won’t have much time to celebrate Friday night’s win over the visiting Detroit Pistons (in fact Saturday’s tip-off is earlier than Friday’s). Nevertheless, sometimes a quick turnaround following a victory is precisely what a squad needs to get more wind in its sails.

The 121-109 belies a contest that was much closer. It was only deep into the third quarter that Popovich’s men turned up the dial and built a ten-point lead. Otherwise, for much of the night, both sides were neck and neck. One major positive to take away from the tilt was that the Texan team managed the workload without its main shooting guard Devin Vassell. In his stead, four teammates notched points in the double-digits, with point guard Tre Jones having himself a great night (25 points), attack with both drives in the key and mid-range jumpers.

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