Phoenix in Boston
Current records: Phoenix 27-7; Boston 16-19
What there is to know
The Boston Celtics’ homestand continues as they prepare to face the Phoenix Suns at 1 p.m. ET on December 31 at TD Garden. Phoenix should still feel great after a win, as the Celtics look to get back to the winning column.
Boston fell to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, losing 91-82. Point guard Payton Pritchard didn’t really make a difference for Boston; Pritchard finished with just four points on a 2-on-10 shot during his 34 minutes on the field.
Meanwhile, Phoenix concluded 2021 with a 115-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Shooting guard Devin Booker continued his habit of dropping insane stat lines, shooting 6 for 12 from beyond the arc and finishing with 38 points, five assists and seven boards.
Boston is expected to lose this next by 3.5. This might not be the best time to face the Celtics as they have let punters down in the last two games in a row.
Boston suffered a grim 111-90 loss to the Suns in the teams’ previous meeting earlier this month. Maybe Boston will have better luck at home than on the road? Watch the game and come back to CBS Sports for all the details.
How to watch
- When: Friday at 1 p.m. ET
- Or: TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: Bally Sports – Arizona
- Online broadcast: fuboTV (Try free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- To follow: CBS Sports app
- Cost of the ticket: $ 69.29
The Suns are a 3.5 point favorite against the Celtics, according to the latest NBA odds.
Bettors were very much in line with the betting community on this one as the game opened with a 3.5 point spread and stayed there.
Over / Under: -110
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History of the series
Boston has won eight of its last 13 games against Phoenix.
- December 10, 2021 – Phoenix 111 vs. Boston 90
- April 22, 2021 – Boston 99 vs. Phoenix 86
- February 07, 2021 – Phoenix 100 vs. Boston 91
- January 18, 2020 – Phoenix 123 vs. Boston 119
- November 18, 2019 – Boston 99 vs. Phoenix 85
- December 19, 2018 – Phoenix 111 vs. Boston 103
- November 08, 2018 – Boston 116 vs. Phoenix 109
- March 26, 2018 – Boston 102 vs. Phoenix 94
- December 02, 2017 – Boston 116 vs. Phoenix 111
- March 24, 2017 – Boston 130 vs. Phoenix 120
- March 05, 2017 – Phoenix 109 vs. Boston 106
- March 26, 2016 – Boston 102 vs. Phoenix 99
- January 15, 2016 – Boston 117 vs. Phoenix 103
Boston injury report
- Enes Kanter: absent (Covid-19)
- Dennis Schroder: absent (Covid-19)
- Bruno Fernando: absent (Covid-19)
- Aaron Nesmith: Released (Covid-19)
- Jayson Tatum: absent (Covid-19)
Phoenix Injury Report
- Jae Crowder: absent (Covid-19)
- Deandre Ayton: absent (Covid-19)
- Abdel Nader: Out (knee)
- JaVale McGee: absent (Covid-19)
- Frank Kaminsky: outside (knee)
- Dario Saric: outside (knee)