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(20-20) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (34-11)
Date: Thursday January 18
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -6
NBA Betting Total: 211.5
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Atlantic Division rivals tip off as Philadelphia 76ers arrive the Garden to play the Boston Celtics. The squads enter on two different tangents with the 76ers beating beaten the Toronto Raptors while the Celtics lost to the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime.
Both teams should be well rested as each has played just once since returning from their match overseas in London England. In that match the 76ers seemed poised for the victory with an early double-digit lead prior to allowing Boston to score 37 points in the third quarter.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Celtics winning three of the four contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the 76ers 258 of their 443 matches.
Joel Embiid is a beast who changes the game the minute he steps on the court. The issue will always be his health and ability to remain on the court.
Embiid continues to get rest when the 76ers plays back to back games and there are questions surrounding his overall conditioning. As great as the big man is many wonder how he would fair in a long physical playoff series.
At the moment it’s not a concern as Philly still rank outside the playoff seeds, but they could present a massive nightmare as a first round opponent should they move up the ladder in the second half of the season.
Ben Simmons got into it with both Jakob Poeltl and Kyle Lowry in the MLK Jr. Day game which seemingly points to his toughness.
Or it could simply be posturing in case the teams meet this spring. Markelle Fultz remains off the court with Coach Brett Brown saying he won’t return until he can shoot without pain. J.J. Redick bumped knees with Delon Wright in the last game, forcing him to leave the match.
Post game noted Redick has a small cortical crack in the fibular head of his left leg which will sideline him for up to 2 weeks.
Brad Stevens is considered one of the brightest coaching minds in the business. But, I wonder if shooting 50 three point shots in a game is in line with his brilliance. Rather, it’s likely more to do with the Pelicans who don’t particularly defend the perimeter well.
That said, the 76ers should review the film with emphasis on how Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins performed. Certainly Embiid and Ben Simmons (along with Dario Saric) could offer something similar for Boston’s bigs to deal with.
I’m wondering if Jayson Tatum may be hitting the rookie wall as his point totals in January have slipped slightly (11.8) and his efficiency is down.
Specifically Tatum’s perimeter efficiency which was 46% has dropped to 37%. As the Celtics prepare to go on what will be their first major opposite coast trip it will be worthwhile to keep an eye on Tatum’s minutes and production.
Prior to the OT loss to the Pelicans the Celtics had been on a 7-game win streak.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head contests
- Teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs.Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Both teams are rested and had time to practice following their England trip. And while the Celtics are the better squad the 76ers are motivated to capture the win after blowing the big lead in London.
Much will depend on who helps Embiid scoring, but more importantly defending as the Boston guards and wings represent the majority of the Celtics offense.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers +6
Generally I’d lean to the home team, but with Tatum a little off and Embiid rested it’s too intriguing to pass up.
Although I may change things up once injury reports are updated and the lines are released I’m going with the upset by the Sixers. Besides that narrative makes the Eastern standings far more interesting.
NBA Free Score Prediction: 76ers 102 – Celtics 98
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