Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game on TNT. The Sixers hope to win their first game of the season against Boston as the two teams conclude their regular season series tonight at Wells Fargo Center. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
After a 13-point loss in Milwaukee over the weekend, the 76ers will face a true character test tonight as they take on the team they’ll most likely face in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Boston has dominated this match-up for quite some time now, they won the 3 meetings this season by 9, 7 and 3 points.
Losing the 4th and final meeting would be a big blow to the confidence of this team, whatever they do they just cannot seem to get over the hump. Having both Joel Embiid and James Harden didn’t help them much against the Bucks, they’re hoping things will be different tonight at home. In their last 5 games at Wells Fargo Center they’re 4-1 SU, while against Eastern Conference opponents this team has gone 9-2 SU in their last 11 played.
Boston comes into tonight’s game without almost any pressure. Although they’re still in the running for the number 1 seed, with just 4 games left it looks unlikely the Bucks will slip up twice in order for them to pass them up. Nevertheless, I don’t expect Boston to relax here. Sweeping the Sixers would send out a clear message that the Bucks are the only threat in the East and with a 4-1 ATS/SU record in the last 5 meetings the Celtics have every right to hope for a result here.
Jaylen Brown’s name appeared on the injury report yesterday, he’s questionable here with a back problem. It’s still a formidable team even if he doesn’t play, without Brown in the line-up they’ve gone 9-3 SU this season. Against team from their own division this teams has gone 13-4 SU in the last 17 played.
The more I’m thinking about it, the harder it is to find reasons to back Philadelphia here. Their only hope lies in the fact they’re playing at home where they are 28-11 SU this season. It will be a close game, but my money is on the dominant Celtics here.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
Scoring was definitely not the reason why the Celtics have been so dominant in the 3 meetings so far this season. They held the Sixers to just 99 and 107 points in the last 2 games between the two teams, that means that the last 10 games head-to-head have seen just 214.3 points per game. Boston’s road record of 16-23-1 on the O/U is a clear indicator of their playing style, slowing things down has worked really well for them.
Philly has also trended towards the under lately cashing on that bet 6 times in their last 8 games and 4 times in their last 6 vs Atlantic Division opponents. Only once in 3 meetings this season we went over the projected total of 232.5 points that we have here, so I think in a game between the 3rd and 7th best defensive efficiency teams this season the best approach would be to back the under.