Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Friday’s game in the NBA. Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers will try to go on a win streak once again as they host Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Sixers had a 7-game win streak snapped at home by the Charlotte Hornets 109-98, despite getting another 30-point game from big man Joel Embiid. It was only the 1st time in the last 16 meetings that the Sixers had lost to the Hornets and the biggest reason for that was the poor play on defense as they allowed Charlotte to shoot 51.7% from the field. The focus will have to switch quickly as there’s no time to dwell on the loss, with the Boston Celtics coming to town.
Philadelphia has only 4 wins in the last 10 meetings with the Celtics, but there are several reasons for Philly fans to be excited for tonight’s game. This team has covered the spread in 5 of 6, plus at home against the Celtics they are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games. Beating teams from the same conference has been a specialty for this squad, they’ve gone 4-1 SU in their last 5 vs East teams.
After 2 straight wins over the Indiana Pacers and 5 in the last 7 outings, the Celtics have finally gotten back to .500 and in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings. A lot of people will say this team has underachieved so far this season and I’d have to agree. When you have talented players such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown on the same team, you are expected to at least be in the top 4 in the East and have home court advantage in the first round.
There’s still time to improve though and the Celtics will have to get things together in tonight’s game, against the Sixers they’ve failed to cover in 6 games in a row, plus on the road they are just 1-6 SU in their last 7 overall. The good news is they’ve won 4 of their last 5 games vs East teams, so I’m expecting a tough battle tonight.
When you have 2 equally matched teams like this meeting up, I normally side with the home squad and that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. They split the first 2 meetings of the season, both played in Boston and the Sixers won the more recent meeting by 5 points. Joel Embiid is on a roll with 8 straight games of 30+ points, I cannot see anyone on Boston stopping him right now. Back the Sixers at home.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
Philadelphia -3 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The 2 games played in Boston earlier this season were vastly different compared to each other. But, if we expand our search and look at the 10 most recent meetings head-to-head we can see the under landing 7 times. An average of just 210.8 points per game were scored in those games and in the 3 most recent ones only 196 were averaged combined. Boston has trended towards the under quite a lot in January with 6 of their last 9 games cashing on that bet. Same goes for Philly as 4 of their last 6 have gone under, plus 12 of their last 16 against teams from their own division as well. If the Sixers want to win here, they will have to do it on the defensive end. A total of 7 games in their last 8 at home have gone under and right now they are playing at the 3rd slowest pace in the entire NBA. Boston is just one spot ahead of them averaging 97.8 possessions, so if we take all that into account I think backing the under is the way to go here.
Under 212 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365