Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Picks

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Boston Celtics
vs.
Philadelphia 76ers

Date/Time: December 7th, 8:00 pm EST

Television: ESPN

Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Celtics -1

Total: 189.5

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Picks
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NBA Betting Trends

Boston Celtics

  • Boston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
  • Boston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
  • Boston is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
  • Philadelphia is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Boston
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 10 games when playing Boston
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games at home

 

NBA – December 7th

Friday night’s NBA betting action pits the Boston Celtics against the Philadelphia 76ers in an Atlantic Division battle in the City of Brotherly Love. This is the first of two straight meetings that these teams will play, as they will travel together for tomorrow’s clash at the TD Garden when the two meet once again.

Boston hasn’t exactly been the hottest team in the world, as it lost two out of three games without G Rajon Rondo. Rondo was booted out of the 95-83 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and he was suspended for the next two games. Now, he’s back in the fold, and he came back with sound and fury on Wednesday night, dropping 17 points and 11 assists on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the relatively easy 104-94 victory. Five men scored in double figures and two others had at least seven points, and that’s the type of consistency that the C’s need to show if they are going to be contenders to win the NBA Finals this year. Defensively, after struggling and allowing between 100 and 112 points in four straight games, the Celtics have conceded just an average of 89.5 points per game in their last four, and they haven’t allowed more than 95 points in a game since that point.

Philly has lost two straight games, and both games ended in ugly 88-point offensive efforts. The team is now just 2-5 ATS and 3-4 SU in its last seven games, and that isn’t going to cut it in arguably the best division in basketball. There really aren’t a ton of great scoring options that this team has to bring to the table. G Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.2 points and 9.3 assists per game. That’s all fine and dandy, but no one else is good for more than 14.4 points per game. There isn’t a dominating force on the glass by any stretch of the imagination, and when Holiday isn’t stroking it from the outside, it’s up to G Jason Richardson and F Evan Turner to do their duties from beyond the arc. Both are great shooters, but neither are the type of offense assassin required to be a dominating team night in and night out. Even the defense has lacked a bit for the Sixers, and that has to worry Head Coach Doug Collins as well, as this team will only go as far as its team defense will take it.

Prediction:

These two teams are going to feel each other out in this one, and the end result is going to be a relatively low scoring game in the end. Yes, the home team has won and covered four of the last five in this series, but it still feels like the ‘under’ at such a lofty 189.5 is the right play to making, knowing that the number was just 179.5 when these teams met back in November. Boston 89 – Philadelphia 87

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.