Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers Pick
The Boston Celtics (35-21) and the Philadelphia 76ers (36-20) will face off for another edition of their Atlantic Division rivalry. The tip is set for 8:00 PM ET and will be televised nationally on TNT. The Celtics have won eight of the last ten contests against the 76ers. The two outfits last met on Christmas Day where overtime was required to determine the winner. The Celtics would continue to be the victors and defeat the 76ers 121-114 to cover as a five-point favorite.
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Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers Overview
The Celtics come in off two consecutive road losses where they were double-dipped in Beantown by the visiting Lakers and then the Clippers in succession. Most recently, the Celtics fell by a score of 123-112 despite being favored by 11.5 points when they hosted Lob City on Sunday.
The Sixers enter in on a two-game winning streak capped off by two impressive back-to-back performances against one of the West’s best teams the Denver Nuggets followed by a most recent 143-120 thumping of the Los Angeles Lakers as a 6.5-point favorite two days ago. The Sixers have gone 2-0 ATS over this two-game stretch and have covered as a mid-range favorite in both occasions.
Reasons To Back Boston
The Celtics have the emotional intangible as they will treat this game as an opportunity to prove why they were pegged by many to represent the East at the Finals. With all the talk of Philadelphia's "Phantastic Five”, the Celtics have a strong defense that they can deploy to undermine the Sixers’ on their own court. Boston’s defense sits fifth in the league giving up 106.5 points per game which is 5.7 points less than Philly’s 21st scoring defense which gives up 112.2 points per contest.
Reasons To Avoid Philadelphia
The Sixers are most prone for an overreaction after they thrashed LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in their high-profile bout on Sunday. Combining this result with their 23-6 SU home record, the Sixers are certainly bound to be a public choice in this market and so far we have seen the consensus smother the Sixers out of the gate as the line has already begun to ascend with an extra half of a point being given to Boston from its opening price. The fact remains Boston has had this team’s number.
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Celtics at 76ers Pick 09/12/2019
This game has all the makings of a fist fight as these two teams will be playing a match that will spurn momentum for the victor and could be instrumental in determining seeding and the Atlantic Division race. While Philadelphia may get the win here, they will have to work for it. This is a game that will be settled a possession or two at the most and allow Boston takers to profit.