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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Odds and Preview

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The Philadelphia 76ers battle the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Thursday night.

The Sixers and Celtics are the two favorites to win the Atlantic Division this season and right now, they are going toe to toe in their divisional battle. The Sixers have won seven out of their last eight games including their last three to improve to 18-7 SU on the season. Philly is currently tied with the Boston Celtics who are 17-6 SU on the season. Boston has not lost in 10 home games this season and they have lost just once in their last seven games played. The Sixers defeated the Celtics by 14 points in Philly during their first meeting of the season last October 23, 2019.

Three Straight Wins

The Philadelphia 76ers have won three straight games and are winners of seven out of their last eight games. In their last game, Joel Embiid scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and issued six assists as the 76ers defeated the 2019 Western Conference finalists Denver Nuggets for their 13th straight win at home. However, the Sixers are only 5-7 on the road this season.

Joel Embiid leads the Sixers with 22 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists this season. Tobias Harris has put up 19.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Sixers. Ben Simmons is averaging 14 points and 8.4 assists per game while Al Horford is contributing 13.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

The Sixers are ranked 16th in the league in scoring at 109.6 points per game this season. They are the 9th best rebounding team in the NBA at 46.3 boards grabbed per contest and the Sixers are also 3rd in passing at 26.8 assists per game. Philadelphia ranks 4th overall in scoring defense at 103.5 points per game allowed.

Moneyline Odds:

  • 76ers (-120) | Celtics (+100)
  • Odds from BetOnline as of 12/12/19

Back to Back Games

The Boston Celtics are coming off a road loss to the Indiana Pacers last Wednesday. The Celtics will travel home to host the Sixers in this second game of a back to back schedule for the current Atlantic Division leaders. The Celtics are currently tied with the Sixers for the divisional lead, meaning the winner of this game will get the temporary bragging rights.

Kemba Walker leads Boston in scoring at 21.8 points per game this season. Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown are also averaging over 20 points per game this season.

Boston is 15th in the NBA in scoring at 110.6 points per game this season. They are 12th in rebounding at 45.8 rebounds per contest and they are also 20th in passing at 23.4 assists per game this season. The Celtics have the 2nd best scoring defense in the league this season at 102.8 points per game allowed.

Who Wins?

Philadelphia is 7-1 SU in their last 8 games played. The Sixers are 5-7 SU in twelve road games played this season, and 12-3 SU in their last 15 games played against the Eastern Conference. Boston is 4-1 SU in their last five games played. The Celtics are 10-0 SU in 10 home games played this season. Head to head, the Celtics are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games played against the Sixers.

The Sixers have been spotless at home this season and they just beat the Denver Nuggets in Philly in their last outing. However, this team has been Jekyll and Hyde this season because they have struggled on the road, even losing to the Washington Wizards in D.C. last week.

The Celtics have also been perfect at home and they are playing the second of back to back games. Boston lost to Indiana at Hoosier State on Wednesday and I look for the C’s to bounce back with a strong effort at home. Marcus Smart is listed as day to day but Boston has the duo of Tatum and Brown together with Kemba Walker to lead them here.

Both these teams have played well in recent weeks and are among the top teams in the East. However, while both teams have played perfectly at their home floors, the Sixers have struggled to win away from home. Boston is compromised playing back to back games here but they are at home where they have been at their best.

ODDS+100

MY PICK:
Boston Celtics

Other Bets to Make

Philadelphia is 3-6 ATS in their last nine games played. The Sixers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games played on the road. Boston is 4-1 ATS in their last five games played. The Celtics are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games played at home, and 4-1 ATS in their last five December games. Head to head, the Celtics are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Sixers. Boston is also 5-0 ATS in their last five home games against the Sixers.

Spread Odds:

  • 76ers -1 (-115) | Celtics +1 (-105)
  • Odds from BetOnline as of 12/12/19

The Celtics have outscored the Sixers by an average of 2.6 points per game in their last 10 head to head games. The Sixers have not played as well on the road as they have at home. Meanwhile, the Celtics are still unbeaten at home this season. This won’t be an easy game and the Sixers have a legit chance of winning this pick ‘em game. But I like the Celtics here because they have been more the more consistent team this season than the 76ers.

ODDS-116

MY PICK:
Celtics -1.5

The total has gone under in 8 out of the last 11 games played by Philadelphia. The Sixers have seen the total go under in seven out of their 12 road games played this season. The under is 10-4 in Philly’s last 14 games played against the Atlantic Division. The total has gone under in 9 out of the last 13 games played by Boston. The under is 6-4 in the Celtics’ 10 home games played this season. Head to head, the under is 5-3 in the last eight meetings between the Sixers and Celtics.

Over/Under Odds:

  • Over 210 (-105) | Under 210 (-115)
  • Odds from BetOnline as of 12/12/19

These teams have combined to score an average of 213 points per game in their last 10 meetings. The Sixers and Celtics have been very busy over the past week. This is Boston’s third game in four nights and the Sixers’ fourth in six nights. The Celtics are allowing just 104 points per game at home this season and the Sixers are only averaging 108.4 points per game on the road. These teams combined for 200 points in their first meeting this season. The under is 4-0 in the Sixers’ last four road games and the under is 4-1 in Boston’s last five games as home favorites.

ODDS-115

MY PICK:
Under 210