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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics 10/16/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers

Thursday October 16

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TV: CSNN

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers play a Thursday preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Boston Celtics have lost three straight preseason games and are 2-3 overall. The Celtics have had a hard time putting the ball in the hoop and the return of Jeff Green certainly didn’t help in Wednesday’s loss. Green, who missed all of the preseason with a hamstring injury, shot 3-12 from the field in 31 minutes in his preseason debut. Marcus Smart, who has also struggled at point guard, turned the ball over six times in his most recent contest. One player who continues to shine for the Boston Celtics is Marcus Thornton, who has scored in the double figures in three straight games and looks to be an offensive spark off the bench. It’s no secret the Boston Celtics are going to struggle this season and they’re just trying to find a few guys who can hopefully stop the bleeding. If preseason is any indication of things to come, it won’t be pretty for Boston fans.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics 10/16/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction

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The Philadelphia 76ers are 1-3 in the preseason and have lost two straight games. The issue for the 76ers lately have been turnovers, as they’ve coughed the ball up a combined 44 times in their last two games. One player who continues to produce for Philly is center Henry Sims, who has combined for 36 points and 18 rebounds in his last three games. Nerlens Noel has four blocks and 20 rebounds in his last two performances. While K.J. McDaniels is more known for his defense, he has shot a solid 8-13 from the field in his last two games. The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be terrible this season and they haven't done much to change that thought in the preseason. However, there have been a couple of somewhat promising performances from some of their young players.

Both of these teams are lousy and you're certainly not sure what you're going to get from either one in this matchup. That's why if I had to, I'm taking the points. 

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