Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics - 12/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (7-14) at Philadelphia 76ers (2-21)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +4.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
Two of the youngest teams in the league collide when the Boston Celtics visit the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.
The Boston Celtics looked to have turned the season around when they won three straight last week, but they're now looking at a fourth straight loss after falling to the Knicks by 101-95 on Friday. Jeff Green led the scoring with 28 points including four threes while Tyler Zeller added 19 points, but the rest of the team struggled for the most part, especially on defense where the Knicks who rank near the bottom in the league were allowed to shoot 49.4 percent from the field. The Celtics simply need more scoring and they need it from players like Jared Sullinger who is averaging 14.1 points this season but has totalled just 10 points in his last three outings, including zero from Friday's loss. Boston is now just 7-14 on the season and 5-8 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers just two wins on the entire season but almost grabbed their third on Saturday when they took the Grizzlies to overtime before losing 120-115. Robert Covington led the scoring with 24 points, Hollis Thompson added 21 while Michael Carter-Williams racked up a triple-double of 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but it still wasn't good enough to get past the Grizzlies who came back from 18 points down over the final seven minutes of regulation to force overtime and steal the win. Another game, another painful defeat, but you can't say the Sixers aren't playing hard because they've been close to winning so many games this season which says a lot when you look at their uninspiring roster.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Sixers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
These two teams have already met back on Nov 19 and it was the Celtics who won the game by 101-90, but the Sixers looked very impressive against the Grizzlies and might just be good enough to claim their first home win of the season. This isn't exactly a hot tip here, but I actually do like the Sixers to cover the spread in this one and maybe even the win straight up.