East-leading Celtics face West-leading Suns in marquee game
Staff, 2022-12-07 08:02:38,
The Phoenix Suns have been the best team in the Western Conference this season, with a 16-8 record.
Yet, they’re home underdogs on Wednesday night.
The Boston Celtics have been even better than the Suns. They’re 20-5, which is the best record in the NBA. On Wednesday night, the Celtics play at Phoenix and they’re favored by 1.5 points at BetMGM. That’s despite the Suns’ 12-2 home record.
The key question, in terms of the injury report, is whether Chris Paul will return from a sore heel. He hasn’t played since Nov. 7. The Suns have gone 9-5 without him, but are clearly better with him running the offense.
The Celtics have been unbeatable most of the season, due mainly to their offense and overall depth. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.8 points per game and could be the league’s MVP. Jaylen Brown is averaging 26.7. Four others are in double digits. Boston hasn’t even played a game with center Robert Williams III, who will immediately boost their defense. Boston lost in the NBA Finals last season and seems intent on making sure that they win it all this time.
Still, for as great as the Celtics are, the Suns are a very good team and their two home losses came by two points to the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 4 and a shocking one-point loss to the Houston Rockets on Dec. 2. That home-court advantage gives Phoenix a chance.
It should be a great matchup. Maybe we’ll see them meet up again next June.
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