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Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
NBA: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8:00 PM ET
The Boston Celtics will face off against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic Division showdown from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as these two foes will meet each other for the third time this season. The Celtics lead the series with a couple of home wins (105-87 and 121-114), but they are currently the No. 5 seed in the East one game behind the Sixers at the 4th spot, so we expect to see a thrilling battle tonight.
The Celtics look to clinch the series
There’s a lot on the table for the Boston Celtics (35-21; 27-28-1 ATS) tonight, as they would clinch the series with an eventual victory at Philadelphia, but if they lose, the gap will become bigger and the Sixers will have a chance to tie the series in their ultimate clash of the regular season. The Celtics have dropped two games in a row, losing at home to the Los Angeles Lakers 129-128 and the Los Angeles Clippers 123-112, spilling some big leads on both occasions. Some rumors about the Celtics’ spiritless performance are circulating these days, and Marcus Morris expressed his feelings publicly about the lack of good chemistry at TD Garden. The Celtics are 5-2 straight up and 2-4-1 ATS in their last seven games overall, and are 3-4 straight up and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven outings on the road.
Kyrie Irving is leading the Celtics with 23.6 points and 6.9 assists per game, making 49.8% of his field goals and 40.9% of his 3-point attempts. Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, while Al Horford is posting 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per outing. The Celtics are scoring 112.7 points per 100 possessions (tied-9th in the league) on 46.4% shooting from the field (14th) and 37.0% from beyond the arc (6th). They are allowing 106.3 points in a return (5th) on 44.3% shooting from the field (2nd) and 34.0% from downtown (4th).
The Sixers new look promises some great results
The Philadelphia 76ers (36-20; 27-29 ATS) have won two games in a row since trading for Tobias Harris, beating the Denver Nuggets 117-110 and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 at home. Harris is posting 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists over his two apps in the Sixers uniform, proving he should be a great fit for this Philadelphia team. The Sixers are 6-3 straight up and 5-4 ATS in their last nine games overall, while they are 5-2 straight up and 4-3 ATS in their previous seven showings at Wells Fargo Center.
Joel Embiid is leading the Sixers with 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while making 48.3% of his field goals. Ben Simmons is posting 16.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 8.0 assists a night, while Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest. The experienced sharpshooter J.J. Redick is another vital member of Phila’s starting five, tallying 18.7 points and 3.1 treys per outing. The Sixers are scoring 112.7 points per 100 possessions (tied-9th in the league) on 47.4% shooting from the field (6th) and 36.2% from beyond the arc (7th), surrendering 109.2 points in a return (13th) on 45.4% shooting from the field (9th) and 34.4% from beyond the arc (8th).
- 4-2 SU and ATS in the last six home meetings with the Atlantic Division
- 3-4 SU and ATS in the last seven home meetings with the Eastern Conference
- Under is 6-3 in the last nine games overall
- 3-4 SU and 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven road meetings with the Atlantic Division
- 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in the last ten road meetings with Philadelphia
- Over is 5-4 in the last nine games overall
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Sixers have made an encouraging start with some new players in their roster, they will certainly need some time to pick up the pieces. This could be a problem against the moody Celtics team that is obviously waiting for the playoffs to show its real face. I expect to see a tight battle tonight, as the Celtics’ defense is certainly better than the Lakers’ or Nuggets’, so the Sixers fluid offense should have some problems on the home court. The spread is a tricky one, but I will go with the Sixers, relying on their strong synergy after a trade deadline.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
The Sixers are really pushing the ball in transition, and they love to play at a fast pace, while the Celtics could easily accept the challenge and adapt to the Sixers’ style of play. The opening game of the season had just 192 points in the total, while the second meeting saw 216 points in the regulation. Hereof, the chalk on this one seems pretty high, but I think the Sixers will establish their tempo, so I’m backing the over.
Prediction: Over 226.0 points (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
While the Celtics have easily won the first H2H duel of the season, we’ve seen an overtime in the second duel. I’m backing the Sixers to win and cover tonight, but I don’t think they will have an easy job. Therefore, I’m looking for some greater wages by picking the winning margin within six and ten points. The stake is huge in this divisional battle, so I hope we’ll see a close game.
Prediction: Winning Margin: Any Team by 6-10 points (+240)
Half-Time Side Pick
The Celtics were leading at halftime in their previous seven outings including that two straight losses to the LA rivals. On the other side, the Sixers were trailing at halftime in three of their last five showings along with one lead against the Lakers and a tie with the Nuggets. This one could easily go either way, but I will take the Sixers to put an end to the Celtics streak and storm the front on the back of the home audience.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -3.5 (-110)