The Philadelphia 76ers (31-18, 9-16 away) travel to TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts to take on the Boston Celtics (32-15, 19-5 home) in a clash between two Atlantic Division rivals on Saturday night.
This is the 4th and final game of the season series between these two clubs and Philly has owned the Celts winning all three games, both by double digits in Philly and by 6 in Boston. The last ten times these two have played, they have gone 5-5 SU with Boston going 6-4 ATS.
Philadelphia Betting Preview:
Philadelphia (31-18) is in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference 4 games back of 1st place Toronto and 2 games back of 2nd place Boston. Philadelphia is on a one-game losing streak and has gone 6-4 in its last ten games. The Sixers are 21-27-1 ATS this season and 8-16-1 ATS on the road. The O/U has gone 22-26-1 and 10-15 on the road.
Philadelphia is coming off a 127-117 loss at Atlanta on Thursday. They were upset as 6½ point favorites. Atlanta jumped out to a 39-31 lead at the end of one quarter and played them even the remaining three quarters in the upset of the Sixers. Philly could not stop Atlanta’s Trae Young who scored 39 points and had a career-high 18 assists.
Philly came close several times pulling withing a bucket but the Hawks were always able to fend them off. Philly was led in scoring by Ben Simmons with 31 points, Shake Milton added another 27 while Embiid & Harris chipped in 21 each as well. Embiid pulled down 14 boards to lead the way in rebounding and Shake Milton led the team with 6 assists.
Taking a look at season leaders for the Sixers, we find Joel Embiid with 23.3 ppg with Tobias Harris in 2nd with 19.4 ppg. Ben Simmons has been the main guy for the Sixers leading in rebounds (7.7), assists (8.3) & steals (2.2). Al Horford is the blocked shots leaders with 0.9 per game. The Sixers have three others in Simmons, Richardson & Horford all scoring at least 12.5 ppg as well.
Philadelphia is scoring 108.7 ppg while giving up 105.2 points per game. That offensive output has them ranked 23rd in points scored per game this season as well as 9th in field goal percentage. They are also 12th in offensive rebounds per game. On the defensive side of things, they are 2nd in the fewest points allowed per game, 12th in field goal percentage allowed, 14th in three-point shooting percentage allowed and 1st in defensive rebounds per game. They make you earn everything you get on offense.
Boston Betting Preview:
Boston (32-15) is in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference 2 games back of 1st place Toronto and 2 games ahead of 3rd place Philadelphia. Boston is on a two-game winning streak and has gone 6-4 in their last ten games. The Celtics are 28-17-2 ATS this season and 14-9-1 ATS at home. The O/U has gone 20-27 and 12-12 and home.
Boston is coming off a 119-104 win vs Golden St on Thursday covering the spread as 13½ point favorites. Golden St jumped out to a 7-1 lead before Boston caught them and it was only one of three lead changes in the game that the Celtics were in control of most of the night. The 6-point Warriors lead early was their largest while Boston was up by 19 at one point.
The Celts were led in scoring by Gordon Hayward’s 25 points with Marcus Smart adding 21 and Jayson Tatum chipping in another 20 in the win. Daniel Theis & Gordon Hayward tied for the team lead in rebounds with 8 each while Marcus Smart led the team with 6 assists.
For the season, it is a tight race for the leading scorer. Kemba Walker (22 ppg), Jayson Tatum (21.5 ppg) & Jaylen Brown (20.1 ppg) are leading the way with two more guys averaging double digits. Walker is also the leading in assists with 5 per game. Enes Kanter with 8.2 boards is the rebounding leader, while Marcus Smart with 1.5 steals and Daniel Theis with 1.5 blocked shots lead in those categories.
Boston is scoring 112.4 ppg while giving up 105.5 points per game. The Celtic offense is ranked 12th in points scored per game and 14th in field goal percentage as well as 15th in three-point field goal percentage. They are 5th in free throw shooting as well. Defensively they are ranked 3rd in points allowed per game, 5th in field goal percentage, 9th in three-point field goal percentage and 9th in defensive rebounds per game,
Philadelphia vs Boston Betting Lines
BetOnline has set this line at Boston -2½ with an over/under of 214½ points. The line opened at Boston -2½.
Free Betting Pick
We have all heard of Celtic Pride have we not? That is why I am taking the Celts tonight, Not that they are the more desperate team right now, after all, they are in 2nd place two games ahead of the Sixers.
This is a big, big rivalry and Philly has taken the first three games of the season with just one more to play and have made Boston look bad in doing so. I really believe you are going to see an extremely focused Boston team come out tonight and win a surprisingly easy game by 8+ points. I will be shocked if Philly sweeps the season series.