Boston Celtics (33-10) at Philadelphia 76ers (19-19)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm (O2 Arena)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +2 -- Over/Under: 208 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers meet Thursday in NBA action at the O2 ARENA.
The Boston Celtics look to keep the ball rolling while building on their six-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 97.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.1 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 12 of their last 16 road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers need a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.8 points and 10.9 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 17.3 points and 3.4 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing six rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last six road games.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 16-7 ATS in their last 23 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
It's always tough to pick games that are played overseas, as the travel and the events the players are going through can impact guys in different ways. This isn't a normal basketball game where you fly to another city and play just another game out of 82. It's a ton of miles and guys have responsibilities out there to help promote the league. Things like that matter and sometimes lead to weird results. With that said, I'm not sure how anybody can pick against the Boston Celtics and the small line considering they continue to be one of the more consistent teams in the league and are allowing just 36.7 percent shooting in their last five games. Unreal defense. The Celtics have also won nine of the last 10 meetings against the 76ers, including twice this season. I'll lay the bucket with the better team.