Philadelphia 76ers (20-20) at Boston Celtics (34-11)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -6 -- Over/Under: 211.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The Philadelphia 76ers look for a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.8 points and 10.8 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 17.3 points and 3.3 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing six rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last eight road games.
The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 98.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.1 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 10 of their last 15 home games.
The 76ers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Celtics are 19-9-2 ATS in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest, 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings, the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Boston Celtics have won the last three meetings against the 76ers, which includes an 11-point victory in London last week. However, the 76ers had their chances to win that game and were up big until late in the second half when they fell apart. The Celtics head into this game banged up, and the 76ers are 10-3 ATS this season when an underdog by less than eight points. We're getting too many points in this spot, so I'm going to give the 76ers a chance here.