Suns vs. Celtics NBA Preview (3/14/24): Odds, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on March 14, 2024 - Last Updated on March 15, 2024
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Celtics vs. Suns Preview March 14

The Boston Celtics are set to host the Phoenix Suns in an NBA showdown at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at TD Garden. The game will air on TNT.

Suns vs. Celtics pregame odds

According to the latest NBA odds, the Celtics are favored at home over the Suns for tonight’s game. The first meeting of the season between the two teams took place last week, with Boston picking up a 117-107 road win. The Celtics covered the spread as a -5.5 favorite, while the total went under the line of 226.5 points. Current odds for Thursday’s game at Mass sports betting apps are as follows:

  • DraftKings: Celtics -6, over/under 227.0
  • FanDuelCeltics -6, over/under 227.5
  • CaesarsCeltics -6, over/under 227.0
  • BetMGMCeltics -5.5, over/under 227.5

Odds are subject to change and vary between sportsbooks for the Suns vs. Celtics. 

Suns vs. Celtics projected starting lineups (3/14/24)

Suns starting lineup

PG: Devin Booker
SG: Bradley Beal
SF: Grayson Allen
PF: Kevin Durant
C: Jusuf Nurkic

Celtics starting lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown (game-time decision)
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Al Horford

Projected starting lineups & injuries for each team are provided by Sportsdata.

Suns vs. Celtics injuries for tonight’s game

Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Suns. This is his fourth game missed, and Al Horford will draw the start in his absence. Jaylen Brown is also questionable with a back injury and will need to be monitored up until tip-off.

Team Standings & stats for tonight’s game

Phoenix Suns team stats ahead of tonight’s game

The Suns are 7th in the Western Conference with a 38-27 record and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. This included a 117-107 loss to the Celtics this past Saturday. Kevin Durant had a game-high 45 points and six assists. Below are the team stats for the Suns for the season to date:

  • Points per game: 117.0 (11th)
  • Points allowed per game: 114.3 (16th)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.0 (12th)
  • Assists per game: 26.5 (13th)
  • FG%: 49.3% (5th)
  • 3PT%: 37.6% (7th)

Boston Celtics team stats ahead of tonight’s game

Boston is situated in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 51-14, and current Celtics odds reflect that winning record. They have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games and are riding a three-game winning streak. On Tuesday, Boston picked up a 123-107 road win over the Utah Jazz. Jayson Tatum led the team with 38 points. Here’s where the Celtics rank in key team stats on the season:

  • Points per game: 120.8 (2nd)
  • Points allowed per game: 109.6 (5th)
  • Rebounds per game: 47.1 (1st)
  • Assists per game: 26.5 (14th)
  • FG%: 48.5 (10th)
  • 3PT%: 38.5 (3rd)

Player stats for Suns vs Celtics on March 14

Phoenix Suns leaders ahead of tonight’s game

In Monday’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Suns had three players score at least 24 points, led by Kevin Durant and his impressive 37-point night. Here are the top five Suns performers based on their last matchup against Cleveland:

  • Kevin Durant (PF): 37 PTS, 8 RBS,6 ASTS
  • Devin Booker (SG): 27 PTS, 6 RBS, 7 ASTS
  • Bradey Beal (SG): 24 PTS, 5 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Grayson Allen (SG): 14 PTS, 3 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Jusuf Nurkic (C): 9 PTS, 8 RBS, 0 ASTS

When healthy, Phoenix is a dangerous team and has a chance to pull the road upset on Thursday. Kevin Durant and Devin Booker are one of the best duos in the NBA. Both are averaging over 25 points per game. Here are the Suns’ season leaders heading into tonight’s game:

  • Kevin Durant (PF): 28.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.5 APG
  • Devin Booker (SG): 27.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.8 APG
  • Bradley Beal (SG): 18.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.6 APG
  • Grayson Allen (SG): 13.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 3.1 APG
  • Eric Gordon (SG): 12.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.2 APG

Boston Celtics leaders ahead of tonight’s game

Even though the Celtics were missing two starters, including Jaylen Brown and Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum did more than enough to fill the absence. Derrick White also played a big role in Tuesday’s win over the Utah Jazz. Here are Boston’s leaders from the recent game:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 38 PTS, 6 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Derrick White (SG): 24 PTS, 6 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Jrue Holiday (SG): 16 PTS, 5 RBS, 8 ASTS
  • Sam Hauser (SF): 14 PTS, 5 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Luke Kornet (C): 12 PTS, 9 RBS, 6 ASTS

Despite Kristaps Porzingis being out for tonight’s game vs. the Suns, Boston has three players averaging at least 20 points, making the Celtics one of the top-scoring teams in the NBA. The Celtics were able to pick up the 127-112 win against Phoenix on Thursday. Here are Boston’s season leaders:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 27.0 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 22.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.7 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 20.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Derrick White (SG): 15.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 5.0 APG
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 12.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 4.9 APG
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