San Antonio Spurs vs Boston Celtics: Prediction, Key Players, Injuries

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs take on the Boston Celtics on Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. The game can also be heard on the radio on WOAI 1200 AM.

This is the second and final matchup of the season between the two teams. The Spurs won the first matchup 111-89 on November 30th. Danny Green led the Spurs with 18 points, Boris Diaw added 15 points.

How will the Spurs fare against the Celtics? We take a look at recent history, injuries, and key factors to predict the outcome of the game!

Recent Games

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are 25-8 at home and 42-25 overall. The Spurs are coming off a 114-103 win on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks. Green led the Spurs with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are 12-21 on the road and 30-37 overall. The Celtics are coming off a 122-118 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 25 points and 9 rebounds.

Injuries

San Antonio Spurs

Manu Ginobili- Manu Ginobili is out with a sprained right ankle.

Aron Baynes- Aron Baynes is day-to-day with injured ribs.

Boston Celtics

Jared Sullinger- Jared Sullinger is out for the season with a foot injury.

Isaiah Thomas- Isaiah Thomas is out with a back injury.

Key Celtics Players

Avery Bradley- Avery Bradley has shown progress this season as a more consistent scorer. Bradley is averaging 14 points and 3 rebounds this season. He remains one of the better perimeter defenders in the league.

Evan Turner- With Thomas out Turner must step up and make plays for himself and others. He is an all-around player that struggles with efficiency (41% fg). Turner is averaging 8.9 points, 5 assists and 4.9 rebounds.

Prediction

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The Boston Celtics are hungry and they will stay in the game as they are the more athletic team. At the end the Spurs will come out on top as Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard

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