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2021 NBA Handicapping
(11-10) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (11-10)
Date: Wednesday, December 1st
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers | Celtics (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -2.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Wednesday, December 1st, finds the Philadelphia 76ers facing the Boston Celtics for the first time this season. Philly last played on Monday beating the Magic 101-96 while the Celtics last played Sunday defeating the Raptors 113-97.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 262 wins in 455 meetings versus the 76ers. Last season, the teams played on three occasions with the 76ers winning all three contests.
While Joel Embiid returned from having COVID-19 and dropped 42 points in his first game back after missing nine games his second game wasn’t quite as efficient.
Like many players who’ve had caught the coronavirus, he’ll likely take a while to get fully healthy and adjust to the longer-term effects of the virus.
In his second game back registered a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds plus five assists and two blocks but needed 16 shots to score those 16 points (4 of 16). While it wasn’t an ideal shooting performance he got what mattered – – the victory.
Seth Curry led the way with 24 points plus two rebounds, one assist, and two steals. Tobias Harris was the only other double-figure scorer with 17 points and just missed a double-double grabbing nine rebounds adding two assists, and a steal.
Ben Simmons (suspension) remains out indefinitely.
The Celtics got a bit lucky facing a decimated Raptors squad returning from 12 days away from home and six games on the road. While Toronto kept the Celtics and particularly Jayson Tatum in check they ran out of steam in the second half.
Tatum shot 2 of 16 for eight points but contributed in other ways with seven rebounds, 10 assists, and a steal. He along with his teammates capitalized on a friendly road whistle taking 31 free throws to the Raptors 16 which proved to be the difference in the match.
Marcus Smart led the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Jaylen Brown is slowly getting back in rhythm back returning four games ago after missing eight due to a strained hamstring. He scored 16 points in 27 minutes.
Al Horford served up a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Josh Richardson (18) and Grant Williams (15) also scored in double figures.
The victory was the fourth in the Celtics’ last six games. Dennis Schroder (ankle) and Robert Williams (illness) are questionable for Wednesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The 76ers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the team’s last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The total has gone under in 6 of Boston’s last 9 games.
- The 76ers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
- The Celtics are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
- The 76ers are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
With this being the first time these teams face each other both clubs are looking to make a statement. If Robert Williams can’t play it will put a ton of pressure on Horford to try to limit Embiid although he’s had success in the past.
The key to victory lies in the reserve units. The Celtics bench ranks 29th scoring 26.6 points per match while the 76ers bench scores 31.4 points although Doc Rivers has had to use many of his reserves as starters while copious starters were out injured.
With the 76ers starters all back (other than the suspended Simmons) that should provide them with the advantage.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers +2.5
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