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Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Suns travel to TD Garden for the first of two national TV games on Thursday night, as the Celtics look to improve on their NBA-best 51-14 record.

Boston is an incredible 29-3 at home this season, and has all-but locked up the 1-seed in the Eastern Conference.

On the other side, Phoenix's big three - Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal - are all healthy for this one, indicating it should be a great matchup between two of the NBA's most talented teams.

Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics betting picks and predictions

Phoenix Suns +5.5

These two teams met in Phoenix on Saturday when the Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak with a 117-107 win built on 29 points from Jayson Tatum and 27 from Jaylen Brown. Kevin Durant had a season-high 45 points for the Suns, who were without All-Star Devin Booker.

It’s entirely possible that Brown sits out this game while Booker plays and that changes the landscape considerably. Indeed, Boston are also missing center Kristaps Porzingis with Al Horford set to start.

Brown is in the middle of a brilliant season, posting 22.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Porzingis, in the middle of his first year with the Celtics, is posting 20.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists and between them they are critical in everything that Boston do.

If Brown plays there’s less of a temptation to side with Phoenix to cover a 5.5-point spread.

Booker has been troubled by a knee problem since the start of the month. They missed him against Boston at the weekend and when he returned on Monday night he poured in 27 points and had a team-high seven assists in a 117-111 win over Cleveland.

The Suns are 32-19 when Booker plays and with Durant on the same team the record is even more impressive. KD is averaging 28.5 points per game in 2023/24 and has cleared 35 points in each of his last four matches.

Bradley Beal Over 18.5 points

Booker and Durant may grab most of the headlines in Phoenix but Bradley Beal, the third man, is enjoying a pivotal campaign, the first in the desert since his summer trade from Washington.

The veteran guard is averaging 18.6 points per game and 23.2 over the past five games as he becomes even more influential with Booker in and out.

Beal chucked in 25 points in the loss to Boston on Saturday and followed that with 24 in Monday’s win over Cleveland, despite only going two-for-seven from three-point range. His points are in at 18.5 in the rematch with the Celtics, a number he can muscle past once more.

Jusuf Nurkic Under 11.5 rebounds

Bosnian giant Jusuf Nurkic brought down 11 rebounds when Phoenix and Boston met at the weekend and the center is averaging 10.8 for the season.

This is the big man who claimed 31 boards - the most in an NBA game in 14 years - during a loss to Oklahoma City Thunder less than two weeks ago.

Nurkic is no passer and not a great shooter, but he is still a massive presence in the paint at both ends of the court. Against the league’s top rebounders, however, have him down for under 11 pull-downs.

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Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics Odds

BOS Celtics

-220 ML

PHX Suns

+180 ML

Spread

PHX +5.5

Total Points

O/U 227

Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics player props

Player Points

Grayson Allen (PHX)

O/U 11.5

Bradley Beal (PHX)

O/U 18.5

Devin Booker (PHX)

O/U 24.5

Kevin Durant (PHX)

O/U 27.5

Jaylen Brown (BOS)

O/U 26.5

Jayson Tatum (BOS)

O/U 28.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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