The Boston Celtics will search for an end to a two-game losing streak on home hardwood when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to town Wednesday as eight-point favorites in NBA betting at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston is coming off an impressive 112-104 victory over the Miami Heat as a four-point road favorite Monday, continuing a solid stretch that has featured seven straight-up wins in 10 games ahead of Wednesday night’s Pistons vs. Celtics betting matchup at TD Garden.
The Celtics have been equally strong at the sportsbooks, posting against-the-spread wins in seven of 10, but have had their hands full in two recent home losses to Western Conference powerhouses.
The San Antonio Spurs handed the Celtics a 109-103 defeat last Friday as three-point road favorites, which followed a 104-88 win by the Golden State Warriors in their date with Boston on Nov. 18. Those losses ended the Celtics’ season-opening 4-1 SU run at TD Garden during which they went 3-2 ATS.
Aside from those two defeats, Boston has emerged as a defensive force, holding opponents to 99 or fewer points in five of its last eight games and forced the point total under in nine of 11, including three of its past four at home.
The Pistons travel to Boston after opening a four-game road trip Saturday with a 106-88 loss in Oklahoma City as 3 1/2-point underdogs. Detroit followed up with a decisive 112-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets as a 3 1/2-point underdog Tuesday night, lifting the club to 3-1 SU and ATS in four games since ending a dismal 2-7 SU and ATS run.
The Celtics got by Detroit 102-95 in the Pistons’ last visit back in February and are 3-1 SU in their last four against Detroit and 7-3 ATS in their last 10.
Following Wednesday night’s tilt with the Pistons, the Celtics will welcome the Sacramento Kings to town Friday, before kicking off a three-game road trip Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Kings have struggled to a 7-11 start, but they recently have shown signs of a turnaround, going 3-2 SU in five games ahead of their visit to Philadelphia on Wednesday as 3 1/2-point road chalk. Sacramento also has covered in eight of 11 but struggled against the Celtics, who have claimed victory in five of seven with the Kings, covering in six of those contests.
The woeful Sixers have lost four in a row, including a crushing 122-95 loss in Toronto as 15-point underdogs Monday. Philadelphia is a respectable 10-8 ATS this season but is winless in eight against Boston, going 1-7 ATS.
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