5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Celtics

The San Antonio Spurs (9-1) will host the Boston Celtics (4-8) tonight at the AT&T Center. 

The Spurs are coming off a 91-82 win over the Jazz in Utah. Tony Parker scored 22 points and dished out a team-high six assists to lead San Antonio. Tim Duncan added 14 points, while Boris Diaw came off the bench with 17 points.

The Celtics are coming off an 89-109 loss versus the Rockets last night. Boston was led by Courtney Lee with 17 points.

And as the Spurs look to extend their winning streak to eight games in a row, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:

• San Antonio has won seven straight games and owns a plus-minus score differential of +9.3, second only to the Indiana Pacers.

• In nine games, the Spurs have only allowed one team to shoot over 50 percent from the field.
 
• The Spurs have outscored their opponents in the paint in eight out of ten games this season.
 
• The Spurs are 3-0 at home when leading after the first quarter.
 
• The Spurs are 4-0 at home when outscoring their opponent in the paint.

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Celtics

The San Antonio Spurs (8-3) will take a trip to Boston as they face the Boston Celtics (6-5) at the TD Garden.

The Spurs are coming off a loss to the Clippers and will have to face the Celtics shorthanded. They will be without Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson due to injuries thus leaving their frontcourt very thin.

The Celtics are coming off a big loss to the Pistons but have been away from the court since Sunday. Needless to say, this Boston team got the rest they needed for their aged core (Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce) and will be raring to go tonight.

Though tonight's key matchup will be at the point guard spot between Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker, it will also mark another clash between two of the best forwards of this era – Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

And as these two titans of the NBA get set to meet, here are five things to watch for during the game:

• Boston's Rajon Rondo has logged 10 assists or more in 34 straight games.

• Boston is 3-0 when tied or leading after the second quarter.

• Boston is 0-4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more.

• San Antonio is 2-0 on the road when they shoot between 45% and 50% from the field.

• San Antonio is 3-0 on the road when outscoring their opponent in the paint.

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