(17-4, 12-8-1 ATS)
(7-14, 13-7-1 ATS)
Thursday night NBA betting action heads to the City of Brotherly Love, as the Philadelphia 76ers try to make some headway and get something going against one of the best teams in the NBA, the Boston Celtics.
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The boys from Beantown just look unstoppable right now, as they already have 17 wins and are just coasting towards another Atlantic Division title. Last night, they jumped out on the Denver Nuggets early and took a 14 point edge in the first quarter and never looked back, winning by 16 for their eighth straight win SU. They have covered three in a row and are 5-2-1 ATS on this winning streak. It is unlikely that we are going to see much from the Big Fella in this one, as Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t typically play much in back to back days anymore. Instead, we can expect to see more of a scoring load shifted onto the shoulders of the other five big guys for the C’s. G Rajon Rondo was listed as doubtful last night with a hamstring injury, but he played and played relatively effectively, dishing out 13 assists and scoring four points. However, he is going to need to get that shooting stroke going once again for the Celtics to be victorious on a regular basis. We know that the “Big Three” of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen are fantastic, as the three once again, are putting up huge numbers, combining for over 50 points per game.
Shhhh! Be very quiet! The 76ers have won four of their last five and have covered six in a row and eight out of nine! Philly would probably have rather you not known about that, especially knowing that it has won five in a row at home coming into this one. Even though rookie Evan Turner isn’t really panning out at this point, shooting just 9.1 percent from beyond the arc, the rest of his teammates are really doing a great job scoring. There are five players that are averaging at least a dozen points per game, and that doesn’t include Jodie Meeks and Andres Nocioni, both of which we know can go off for 30+ points on any given night when given the chance. In this stretch of good fortune, the 76ers haven’t allowed more than 99 points in a game, keeping six straight under triple digits in scoring. If that keeps up once again on Thursday night against a team that is playing well offensively, the men from the City of Brotherly Love are going to have a chance at this upset.
We haven’t seen the NBA betting lines for this one as of yet, but we have to imagine that the C’s are going to be modest favorites. If they are, we know that they could be in a bit of trouble, as Philly has just been playing red hot at home. Disregard the fact that Boston is 8-1 ATS in its last nine road games. The streak stops here, as the 76ers continue on for a sixth straight home win, this time in upset fashion.
NBA Free Pick: Philadelphia 76ers