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2021 NBA Handicapping
(8-5) Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers (10-5)
Date: Friday, January 22nd
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 223.5
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Friday, January 22nd the Philadelphia 76ers will play host to the Boston Celtics for the second time in three days. Philly won the initial match 117-109.
Last season, the squads played four times with the 76ers winning three of four contests but the Celtics won when it mattered most sweeping Philly in the playoffs. Boston holds the all-time record between the squads with 262 victories in the team’s 453 meetings.
Marcus Smart is the king of the flop. His theatrics are on par with the very best WWF prat falls.
So when he starts complaining about someone flopping it’s rich. Mind you, with Joel Embiid going to the line 21 times compared to the 20 times the entire Celtics team shot free throws he might have a point.
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In truth, Embiid was simply that good on this night and Smart is wisely (no pun intended) planting seeds because the teams play again Friday.
In the loss three players scored 20 or more points including Daniel Theis with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds as well as Jaylen Brown (26) and Marcus Morris (25).
Kemba Walker continues to slowly work his way back to form. Walker was sharp in this outing with 18 points and eight assists punctuated by his five 3-pointers.
Aaron Nesmith (back spasms) and Tacko Fall (ankle) are questionable for Friday
Carsen Edwards and Jayson Tatum are dealing with the COVID-19 protocols with neither expected to play against the Celtics. Romeo Langford (wrist) is also out.
When Joel Embiid played like he did in the match Wednesday he is arguably the best player in the NBA.
His dominance in the match was reminiscent of how he played in clutch time of the last All-Star game when not even Anthony Davis, LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard were able to stop him.
His 42 points and 10 rebound double-double came on a highly efficient 12 of 19. The only area of the floor he wasn’t connecting from was the perimeter where he shot 1 of 5. As per Smart’s comments he also made 17 of his 21 free throws.
His running mate, Ben Simmons came close to a triple-double with 11 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Tobias Harris (21) and Shake Milton (16) were the other double-figure contributors.
Philly is among the many teams who got hit hard by COVID-19. At one point they had seven players out but are down to two (Seth Curry, Vincent Poirier) still out. In addtion, Mike Scott (knee) is out until February.
NBA Betting Trends:
- PHI are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Over is 6-2 in PHI last 8 overall.
- BOS are 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings
Free Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
Since the James Harden trade the running narrative has been the Nets and Bucks are Eastern Conference Finals favorites. These two clubs will have something to say about that.
If Embiid is healthy it will be hard not to tag Philly to come out of the East particularly because this 76ers squad will end up being top three (if not the best) defensive team in the NBA.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers ATS
Put simply, both the 76ers and Celtics have a bonafide MVP candiate but the difference is only one is playing …
NBA Free Prediction: 76ers 115 – Celtics 108 (Bet Now!)
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