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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 11/8/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
BOSTON
 
PHOENIX
-10  

+10  
-550

+375

215
 
116
Final
109

BOSTON (6 - 4) at PHOENIX (2 - 8)
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Thursday, 11/8/2018 9:05 PM
Board OpenLatest
703BOSTON-8.5-9.5
704PHOENIX211214.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games6-4-4.24-64-6104.250.443.0%55.8101.348.842.2%58.0
Road Games3-3-0.62-42-4103.750.243.0%55.0102.547.841.9%59.7
Last 5 Games3-2+0.42-33-2108.455.045.5%52.6104.850.242.8%55.6
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)104.250.438-8943.0%13-3735.1%14-1976.3%561024226136
vs opponents surrendering108.153.740-8944.7%11-3233.8%18-2476.9%541024237155
Team Stats (Road Games)103.750.238-8843.0%13-3437.3%15-2075.4%551023246136
Stats Against (All Games)101.348.838-8942.2%9-3229.6%17-2370.6%581021216143
vs opponents averaging110.255.941-9045.0%10-3233.0%18-2475.3%571123238145
Stats Against (Road Games)102.547.838-9041.9%10-3331.3%17-2469.4%601122216133

PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games2-8-4.24-64-6100.648.244.7%49.2113.860.350.1%49.6
Home Games2-4-1.23-32-4101.049.245.6%50.7110.356.348.8%48.7
Last 5 Games1-4-1.43-21-496.446.642.2%51.2109.655.649.6%49.4
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
 PPGHalfFGM-APctFGM-APCTFTM-APctTotOffAstPFStlTOBk
Team Stats (All Games)100.648.237-8244.7%10-3033.8%17-2278.4%49824246183
vs opponents surrendering108.154.140-8745.8%11-3035.7%18-2475.8%531024237155
Team Stats (Home Games)101.049.237-8245.6%11-2938.4%15-2077.3%51824235173
Stats Against (All Games)113.860.343-8650.1%9-2931.8%19-2575.6%508272211135
vs opponents averaging111.55741-8846.6%11-3035.7%18-2476.0%531025229145
Stats Against (Home Games)110.356.342-8748.8%9-2830.4%17-2373.9%499261910116
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 96.9,  PHOENIX 97.3
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/16/2018PHILADELPHIA105-87W-4.5W211.5U42-9743.3%641434-8739.1%5816
10/19/2018@ TORONTO101-113L3L209.5O40-9940.4%591443-9246.7%5712
10/20/2018@ NEW YORK103-101W-9.5L210.5U33-8240.2%551536-8741.4%6016
10/22/2018ORLANDO90-93L-11L211.5U37-9140.7%571238-9340.9%579
10/25/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY101-95W1W219.5U33-8638.4%601137-9439.4%7016
10/27/2018@ DETROIT109-89W-3.5W212.5U39-8645.3%621333-8937.1%5311
10/30/2018DETROIT108-105W-8.5L212O37-8444.0%551437-8842.0%5417
11/1/2018MILWAUKEE117-113W-2W220.5O41-9244.6%521241-8548.2%5314
11/3/2018@ INDIANA101-102L-3.5L206U38-8843.2%511436-8741.4%5913
11/5/2018@ DENVER107-115L1.5L210.5O44-8750.6%431241-9045.6%5913
11/8/2018@ PHOENIX              
11/9/2018@ UTAH              
11/11/2018@ PORTLAND              
11/14/2018CHICAGO              
11/16/2018TORONTO              
11/17/2018UTAH              
11/19/2018@ CHARLOTTE              
11/21/2018NEW YORK              
11/23/2018@ ATLANTA              
11/24/2018@ DALLAS              

PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/UShotsPctREBTOShotsPctREBTO
10/17/2018DALLAS121-100W2.5W212.5O44-8154.3%481138-8843.2%479
10/20/2018@ DENVER91-119L10.5L224.5U29-7737.7%471943-8550.6%6118
10/22/2018@ GOLDEN STATE103-123L12.5L227U39-8645.3%512145-8851.1%4814
10/24/2018LA LAKERS113-131L5L238.5O44-8452.4%491952-10052.0%518
10/27/2018@ MEMPHIS96-117L7.5L207O36-7846.2%411944-7955.7%4212
10/28/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY110-117L13.5W219O38-8644.2%492243-8550.6%5315
10/31/2018SAN ANTONIO90-120L6.5L215U35-9038.9%441546-8355.4%5414
11/2/2018TORONTO98-107L9.5W226.5U40-9144.0%611541-8150.6%4613
11/4/2018MEMPHIS102-100W4W211U33-6451.6%462436-7647.4%3713
11/6/2018BROOKLYN82-104L2L220.5U28-8134.6%562041-9244.6%5710
11/8/2018BOSTON              
11/10/2018@ NEW ORLEANS              
11/12/2018@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/14/2018SAN ANTONIO              
11/17/2018OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/19/2018@ PHILADELPHIA              
11/21/2018@ CHICAGO              
11/23/2018@ MILWAUKEE              
KEY GAME INFORMATION
BOSTON: LAST SEASON: 55-27, lost in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: Brad Stevens (sixth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jaylen Brown (14.5 ppg), G Kyrie Irving (24.4 ppg), F Jayson Tatum (13.9 ppg), F Gordon Hayward (2.0 ppg; played one game last season), C Al Horford (12.9 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G Shane Larkin, C Greg Monroe
KEY ADDITIONS: F Robert Williams, G Brad Wanamaker, G P.J. Dozier
PLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes are on Hayward coming off his surgery and rehab from the gruesome left ankle injury he suffered in the season opener last season. After nearly a year away from playing 5-on-5 basketball, he says he's back to 100 percent. The same is true for point guard Kyrie Irving following a pair of surgeries on his left knee that caused him to miss the end of the regular season and playoffs. Irving's also pledged his allegiance to Boston, saying recently that he intended to re-sign with the Celtics in 2019.
OUTLOOK: With LeBron James now in the Western Conference, the Celtics enter this season as the presumptive favorites in the East. The injuries to Hayward and Irving gave Brown and Tatum a chance to shine and both young emerged as budding stars. After re-signing reserve guard Marcus Smart, Boston enters the season with a roster that's nearly fully intact from a year ago. The Celtics were one of the league's top defensive teams a last season and are expected to be there again under the defensive-minded Stevens. The challenge for the sixth-year
COACH will be getting this talented group to share the ball.
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 21-61, missed playoffs.
COACH: Igor Kokoskov (first season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Devin Booker (24.9 ppg), G Shaquille Harrison (6.6 ppg), F Trevor Ariza (11.7 ppg, Houston), F Ryan Anderson (9.3 ppg), C Deandre Ayton (rookie, 20.1 ppg at Arizona).
KEY LOSSES: F Marquese Chriss, C Alex Len, F Jared Dudley
KEY ADDITIONS: Ariza, Anderson, Ayton, G Mikhal Bridges
PLAYERS TO WATCH: First and foremost is Ayton, the 7-foot-1 multi-skilled big man chosen No. 1 overall in the draft. Kokoskov sees him as a rim protector on defense and he possesses a soft outside touch to go with bruising, athletic inside moves. The question is how he handles the much tougher world of the NBA. Also, Booker. He underwent hand surgery and missed the preseason, athough he did a lot of left-handed workouts. He wants to be back by the season opener and is anxious to prove he was worth that five-year, $158 million contract he signed in the offseason.
OUTLOOK: It's been a long time since this franchise was relevant and there is more turmoil as this season begins. Nine days before the opener, Suns owner Robert Sarver fired general manager Ryan McDonough. There is no true proven point guard on the roster and who knows whether the team can find one. The hope rests with Booker, Ayton and Josh Jackson, who will come off the bench at least initially. Kokoskov is widely respected. But it's hard to see that eight-year absence from the postseason ending anytime soon.
PREVIEW
Celtics, Suns try to get on track
 

PHOENIX -- Boston is in a bit of a funk after losing the first two games of its five-game road trip, and a frustrated Kyrie Irving is out $25,000 after throwing a ball into the stands after the latest loss in Denver.

Phoenix's troubles appear to run a lot deeper, however, as the Suns prepare to host the Celtics on Thursday in the final game of a five-game homestand at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Suns (2-8) have lost eight of their last nine and appear in danger of falling into irrelevancy for the fourth straight season after a 104-82 loss to Brooklyn on Tuesday, a defeat that brought energy and chemistry issues to the fore.

Suns leading scorer Devin Booker was pointed in his criticism afterward, when asked about how to improve what appears to be lax effort saying: "Holding each other accountable and being OK with that.

"I think all good teams have that trust and chemistry where everybody can get on each other and know that it is for a better purpose. So far I don't think we have that right now," he continued.

"We're not comfortable with each other. We don't step on each other's toes. We don't push each other, and I think that's what we need to do. We came in here and got (blown) out in front of our fans, so it's embarrassing."

Booker had a team-high 20 points against the Nets, but he was only 6-of-21 from the field as the Suns shot a season-low 34.6 percent.

The Suns have committed 18.5 turnovers per game, ahead of only Atlanta, and opponents are shooting 50.1 percent from the field, a head of only Cleveland. The Suns have lost five games by at least 20 points and one by 18.

With four new starters and new coach Igor Kokoskov, a feeling-out period should have been anticipated, even expected. But Koskokov again Tuesday questioned the effort level of some of his group, not the first time it has come up.

"Focus wasn't there," Kokoskov said. "Body language wasn't there. Effort wasn't there. We have to find that greed and that energy. That's what we control. This is a team sport, not an individual sport.

"Without each other, we can't get it done. It requires everybody to be engaged."

The Suns continue to tinker with playing time and rotations in an attempt to find a workable mix. Richaun Holmes, the backup center now that veteran Tyson Chandler was bought out, had season highs with 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Nets, and rookie reserve forward Mikal Bridges saw more time than starter Ryan Anderson.

But Josh Jackson, the fourth pick in the 2018 draft, saw his playing time shrink again, playing only seven minutes. He has played 31 minutes in the last three games, with 21 points and seven turnovers.

"There are going to be times when things don't go our way, but our energy and effort can never be questioned," Holmes said.

"That's a requirement."

Boston has had two days off since suffering a 115-107 loss at Denver, when Nuggets guard Jamal Murray scored 48 points. It was Murray's last-second attempt to reach 50 that made Irving upset enough to throw the game ball into the stands. Hence the fine from the league.

"The ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bull(xxxx) move like that," the world-is-flat Irving said at the time, "so I threw it in the crowd."

"I felt disrespected after the game, so your career-high ball goes in the stands," he said after the fine.

The Celtics (6-4) finish their season-long five game trip with games in Utah on Friday and Portland on Sunday.

Irving tied his season high with 31 points and Gordon Hayward had a season-high nine rebounds against Denver as the two continue to push through the early portion of the season after missing significant injury time a year ago.

Irving is averaging 19.2 points, one of six Celtics scoring in double figures. Hayward is averaging 10.1 and 5.8 rebounds. Jayson Tatum, the third player taken in the 2018 draft, is averaging 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds.

The Celtics received a surprise visit from Peyton Manning in Denver on Monday. Manning and Celtics coach Brad Stevens are friends from their time in Indianapolis when Manning was with the Colts and Stevens coached Butler. Manning watched film and spoke to the team.

"It's great, man," Irving told the Boston Globe. "He's a championship winner. Unbelievable preparer of the game. He was doing it for so long, thinking about the injuries he had to endure.

"It was great to see him just come and talk to your team ... just having an echelon of greatness coming and talking. There's nothing like it."


Last Updated: 11/16/2018 11:24:48 PM EST


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