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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-15) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (15-15)
Date: Monday, December 20th
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: OFF – score prediction below
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Monday, December 20th, the Philadelphia 76ers face the Boston Celtics for the second time this season. The teams played a defensive battle on December 1st with the Celtics prevailing 88-87.
Boston played on Saturday in a 114-107 winning effort versus the Knicks while the 76ers haven’t played since Thursday’s loss to the Nets with Sunday’s match versus the Pelicans postponed.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 263 wins in 456 meetings versus the 76ers. Last season, the teams played on three occasions with the 76ers winning all three contests.
With Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Isaiah Joe already dealing with COVID-19 this season (and Seth Curry/Tyrese Maxey last year) perhaps the 76ers thought they had gotten through the worst of things with the virus.
However, the Omricon variant is a whole new ballgame as people who previously tested positive for the Delta variant can be re-infected and this variant is far more contagious.
Georges Niang, Andre Drummond, Shake Milton became the lastest 76ers to enter quarantine. Embiid (ankle), Danny Green (hip), Maxey (quad), Furkan Korkmaz illness), Jaden Springer (concussion), Grant Riller (shoulder), are questionable plus Ben Simmons (suspension).
That’s 10 players out of 17 players (including the two 2-way contracts) which is one short of the mandated eight required. Replacement players can be temporarily added but the G-League showcase is currently occurring in Vegas complicating matters.
The Celtics season has resembled their last 10 games where they play a few games extremely well then follow it with poor efforts either struggling to score or to defend. It’s resulted in a .500 (15-15) record.
A perfect subset of this phenomenon can be pinpointed in the Celtics last four games — they got blown out by the Suns (90-111), ousted the Bucks (117-103), then split two close games versus the Warriors (107-111) and the Knicks (114-107).
In the victory versus the Knicks, Josh Richardson led scoring with 27 points including five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum offered 25 points and nine rebounds while Jaylen Brown pitched in with 23 points, four rebounds, and five assists.
Payton Pritchard (16) and Robert Williams (15) were the other double-figure scorers but the x-factor of the night was the Celtics bench that outscored the Knicks reserves 47 to three!
Boston has seven players impacted by COVID will all but Josh Richardson listed as questionable to play Monday (Al Horford, Grant Williams, Jabari Parker, Juan Hernangomez, Brodric Thomas, and Sam Hauser).
Additionally, Jayson Tatum (ankle), Romeo Langford (neck), and Dennis Schroder (non-COVID illness) are also questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 6-4 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 3-7 in the team’s last 10 head-to-head meetings.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
As of posting this match is still a go but the situation could change given the cumulative 20 players out either for health and safety (10), nagging injures (9), or suspension (1).
Presumably, the clubs used Sunday to sign temporary replacement players and players like Embiid and Tatum listed as questionable will play through a nagging injury.
This match offers ample motivation as both teams play in the Atlantic Division, have struggled to stay above .500 and both believe they have the potential to compete for a championship.
Boston took the opening meeting with both teams having their full starting core participating. If Embiid is good to go he’ll play through a sore ankle and look to send a message in the process — no pun intended 😉
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