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The Philadelphia 76ers are set to host the Boston Celtics in a crucial Eastern Conference showdown on Wednesday night.
Celtics ready to get back on track
The Celtics have put together another highly successful campaign that has seen them in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference holding one of the top marks. This has seen them work through some tough stretches, but they have been able to remain consistent on the court in the process staying among the top teams in the league behind the balanced play of their roster. Much of this could be owed to their defensive prowess as they are one of the top teams in the league on that end of the floor. They are currently seventh in the NBA giving up 107.6 points per contest along with being fifth with opponents shooting 44.9 percent shooting from the floor and tied for second with opponents shooting 44.1 percent from beyond the arc. Their stout play on this end of the floor has continued to pace them forward this season toward being a top-tier team in the league with championship aspirations.
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 19, 2019
At the same time, they have maintained a strong level of play offensively that has been led by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving along the way. Irving has been their primary scorer averaging team-best numbers with 23.7 points and 7.1 assists per contest while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor and 40.8 percent from beyond the arc on the season. He is currently one of just four players posting at least 23.0 points, 7.0 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game alongside the likes of James Harden, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook. His production has been key in pacing the Celtics in the right direction toward securing one of the positions in the East. In two games played against the 76ers this year, he is averaging 23.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. Although the Celtics stumbled at home against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, they should be in line toward bouncing back on the road against the 76ers, who they have seemingly had the mental edge over in the past two seasons.
76ers eyeing momentum heading into playoffs
The 76ers have pushed forward for yet another strong campaign that has seen them take a step further by being one of the top teams in the league behind the play of their core group. They have assembled a roster that looks to be more one of the most offensively talented in the league with several offensive factors that could make significant offensive impacts. It has been this type of balance that has continued to fuel them forward as the year has worn on. This has pushed them to possess the fourth-highest scoring offense that has averaged 115.1 points per game while being seventh shooting 47.2 percent from the field and eighth at 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. This high level of production has been the basis of their success this year, it has allowed to move past opponents often times with ease on a nightly basis.
— * – Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 20, 2019
Heading this entire offensive charge has been the play of All-Star big man Joel Embiid, who has taken it up a notch since returning from his knee injury. This has seen him average 27.8 points, 15.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per contest following the All-Star break. He has been playing at an extremely high level as he has notched a double-double in each contest while posting three 20-point/10-rebound performances in the process. The decision to sit him for Tuesday’s contest against the Charlotte Hornets has him rested and ready to roll for Wednesday’s game against the Celtics. Meanwhile, All-Star point guard Ben Simmons has been a highly capable supporting offensive factor that he put that on display with Embiid out against Charlotte posting 28 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in the win. However, if Philadelphia hopes to top Boston on their home floor, it will need a strong collective offensive effort against one of the top defenses in the league.
- 76ers are 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games when their starting 5 players combine for more than 160 minutes of the previous day.
- 76ers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight contests when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against Atlantic division opponents.
- Celtics are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
In the last couple of seasons, the Celtics have seemingly had the 76ers’ number. It has been something that has become quite notable that have had the mental edge over them when the two teams take the floor. This trend should continue on Wednesday night with Boston being able to grab a crucial road to take a step closer toward securing the third overall playoff spot in the East.
Prediction: Boston +3
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a matchup between two potent offenses that should see plenty of scoring on Wednesday. This should be a high-scoring affair with the star power on both sides putting up strong offensive performances. What should be noted is that the over is 4-1 in Celtics’ last five games overall.
Prediction: Over 226