Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics Pick - Betting Odds

October 16, 8:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Boston -5

The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers will face off to coronate the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA Season. The tip is set for 8:00 PM ET and will be televised nationally on TNT. The Celtics have won seven of the last ten contests against the 76ers. The two outfits last met on the biggest stage in the 2018 Eastern Conference Semifinals where the Celtics dispatched the Sixers in a Gentlemen’s Sweep.

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Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics Overview Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers were one of the feel-good stories of the 2017-18 season. After spending many seasons is in the doldrums, The City of Brotherly Love rejoiced in their franchise emerging in the Atlantic Division and taking a #3 seed in the playoffs. Philadelphia features a young team of hungry players, and they will look to replicate their success last year led by one of the most dynamic duos in the NBA in forward Joel Embiid and point man Benny Simmons.

Boston Celtics

The discussion circulating the Celtics is whether or not they can get to the NBA Finals now that LeBron James has left Cleveland. Boston is talked up to be the class of the East, as they return both franchise point guard Kyrie Irving and forward Gordon Hayward from injury, along with the personnel responsible for Beantown’s run last year in the playoffs, including Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, and Al Horford.

Reasons To Back Boston

Boston has displayed virtually for all that they are a monster at home. Given the youth and impressionability of the Sixers, the Celtics can certainly use this edge to their advantage here from a psychological angle to disrupt Philadelphia’s game. Moreover, this team is even better now than it was the last time these two teams met and Boston had little trouble with them as it is.

Reasons To Avoid Philadelphia

Philadelphia entered 2017-18 with nothing to lose and played with reckless abandon. As a result of their efforts, they perhaps might have achieved above what they imagined. Now, what was considered an accolade has become an expectation. The Sixers will have an astounding amount of pressure this season to repeat the success they fostered last year, we have yet to see how they will handle this in an animated environment such as the TD Garden against the best team in the conference.

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Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics Prediction 10/16/2018

Despite from what appears to be a "lean" by the public on the Sixers with the points, we have yet to see the line move as a result. Be that as it may, Boston plays a physical brand of basketball that very simply could give more finesse teams like Philadelphia nightmares. There has been a lot of hype and hyperbole surrounding the Celtics in the off-season, and they will use this opening game as a contest to affirm all of it. Celtics outmuscle the Sixers and pull away in the fourth quarter.

Free Pick: 
Take Boston -5
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