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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Prediction And Betting Odds

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

Staying competitive in tonight’s game at Boston will be a challenge for the Philadelphia 76ers who are going into this game as 12.5 point underdogs. Over the weekend they split their two games against the Cavaliers and Bucks, playing on a back-to-back scenario. The team really struggled in Sunday’s loss to Milwaukee, scoring just 98 points in a 21-point loss. The effect of Joel Embiid’s absence on this team has been well documented, we still don’t have a timetable set for his return as we head into March. Philadelphia is clinging to the 5th seed, but with Miami, Indiana and Orlando all within 1.5 games behind them, things can go bad real fast if this team goes on another one of those losing streaks. In their last 10 games they’ve got just 3 wins, against the Celtics they’ve won just 5 times in their last 19 visits to TD Garden.

Boston is doing exactly what we’re expecting them to do. Post All-Star break they’re 2-0 SU already, with double digit wins over New York and Chicago, both on the road. This will be their first game playing home since the break, they’re the most dominant home team in the entire NBA with a 26-3 SU record. They’ve beaten Philly twice in the 3 meetings this season, however all 3 of those games were decided by 10 or less points. There are no injuries to report for the Celtics, moving forward their main focus will be to keep things that way, it seems like the number 1 seed in the East is pretty much secured with a 7.5 game edge over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Philadelphia 76ers Point Spread Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers +12.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Everyone is expecting a dominant Celtics win here, ESPN’s matchup predictor is giving the 76ers a 10% chance to win this game. They probably won’t do that, but I certainly don’t expect them to roll over here. They put up a fight in the last meeting at TD Garden, losing by only 6 points. Let’s back the 76ers to cover the massive spread here.

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LAL

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NOP

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GSW

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SAC

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MIA

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PHI

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ATL

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CHI

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Total Points Prediction

Under 228.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

With nothing to lose in this game, I think the 76ers will let off the breaks a bit and go full tilt on offense, at least to the best of their ability. Scoring has been a major issue since Embiid went down, in their last 4 games the most points they’ve scored was 104, while finishing under 100 twice. Because of this the under has been a popular bet in their games, cashing 5 times in the last 6 meetings. Although the Celtics are the best ranked offense in the NBA by almost every metric, their last 12 of 18 games have gone under the total. That’s mainly due to oddsmakers overestimating their output, based on the talent on the team. I think tonight’s game will be more defensive focused, because 2 of the 3 meetings between the two teams have not come close to the projected total we have in this game. Plus, the last 10 meetings are averaging just 216.5 points per game, which is low by today’s NBA standards. Without Embiid in the game, I don’t think the 76ers can afford to run with the Celtics here, they simply don’t have enough to keep the game close if that happens. Back the under.

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LAL

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NOP

NBA | Tue 04/16, 11:30 PM
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GSW

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SAC

NBA | Wed 04/17, 2:00 AM
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MIA

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PHI

NBA | Wed 04/17, 11:00 PM
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ATL

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CHI

NBA | Thu 04/18, 1:30 AM

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