Celtics vs. 76ers - 2/6/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (11-39) at Boston Celtics (18-30)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -9 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, CSNN
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics square off late Friday night at the TD Garden.
The Philadelphia 76ers are still being competitive by splitting their last six games. On the season, the 76ers are averaging 89.8 points on 41 percent shooting and are allowing 101 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 15 points and 7.4 assists while Robert Covington is averaging 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. K.J. McDaniels is shooting 39.5 percent from the field and Henry Sims is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are relying on their defense that’s allowing 40.6 percent shooting from the field and 34.2 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The 76ers have allowed 99 or less points in six straight games and have won three of their last five games when allowing less than 100 points.
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The Boston Celtics also aren’t packing it in just yet after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 101.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and are allowing 102.9 points on 45 percent shooting. Jared Sullinger is averaging 14.1 points and eight rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 13.4 points and 1.5 assists. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Evan Turner is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics have allowed 97 or less points in four of their last six games and are allowing just 26.1 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Celtics just won’t go away and are still just a few games away from getting back in the playoff convo, as crazy as that may sound.
The 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Why in the world are the Celtics getting this much love from the oddmakers? I can't buy in. Both of these teams are in the same boat in terms of goals and skill level. The only pick here has to be the 76ers and the points.