Celtics vs. Suns betting preview: Can shorthanded C's bounce back?

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Giles: Best bets for Thursday's Celtics-Suns matchup originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

After falling at home to the struggling Bulls, the Celtics look to bounce back as they play host to a Phoenix Suns team that has the second-best record in the NBA.

The Suns will be without Jae Crowder while the Celtics will be without Robert Williams, Evan Fournier and potentially Jaylen Brown who is listed as doubtful. Boston does return Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker who missed Monday's game.

Here's a betting preview of Celtics vs. Suns -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.

PointsBet Spread:  Phoenix -1.5,  ML -120

Despite the loss to Chicago, Boston is still 7-3 ATS over its last 10 games. They also have a rest advantage heading into tonight's contest, as the Suns are playing the second night of a back-to-back while the C's have had consecutive days off for the first time in over a month.

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Boston is 4-2 ATS when they have at least two consecutive off days. Phoenix is 9-4 ATS on the second night of a back-to-back for the season but they're also 1-3 ATS over the last four. Overall, the Suns are 36-21-1 ATS this year, which is second-best in the NBA behind the New York Knicks. 

PointsBet Total:  O/U 220.5

The total is where these two teams have been pulling in opposite directions. The UNDER is 9-4 over the last thirteen Celtics games. The UNDER is also 17-12 when the Celtics are at home and 4-2 when Boston is a home underdog. As for Phoenix, the OVER is 10-3 over the Suns' last thirteen games. But as road favorites, the Suns have played slightly to the UNDER this season at 10-9.

A few more notable trends from NBC Sports Edge:

-The UNDER is 18-4 (81.8%) in BOS's last 22 games as a -0.5 to 3.5 point underdog.

-The OVER is 26-8 (76.5%) in BOS's last 34 games with an Over/Under between 218.5-222.5.

-PHO is 20-8-1 (71.4%) against the spread in its last 29 games vs Eastern Conference teams.