Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM (TD Garden)
Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics (-2) O/U 210 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers travel to the TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics for a battle of Eastern Conference powers. The 76ers have won three straight games the most recent beating the Denver Nuggets 97-92 to improve to 18-7 on the season. The Boston Celtics have won their last four straight, decimating the Cavaliers at home their last time out winning the game 110-88 to improve their record to 17-6 on the season.
The Celtics offense averages 110.6 points per game which is dead in the middle of the NBA at 15th. The Celtics are led in scoring by offseason pickup Kemba Walker who averages 21.8 points per game; Walker also adds a team leading 5.5 assists per game. Adding 21 points per game and a team leading 7.2 rebounds per game is future superstar Jayson Tatum.
The 76ers big three of big man Joel Embiid, point guard Ben Simmons and forward Tobias Harris lead the charge for Philadelphia. Embiid leads the team in both points with 22 and rebounds with 12.4 per game. Simmons running the point averages a team leading 8.4 assists and adds 14 points and 7 rebounds per contest. Harris averages the second most points on the team with 19.2 and adds 7 rebounds per game.
Both teams boast top 5 defenses according to NBA Advanced Stats with the 76ers having a 102.7 defensive rating ranking 3rd in the NBA this season while the Boston Celtics posting a 103.3 defensive rating good for 5th in the NBA.
In what should be an evenly matched affair between two similar Eastern Conference teams, the advantage has to go to the Celtics at home. The Celtics post an impressive 14-7-2 record ATS so far this season and have won every game they’ve played at home so far this season.
The Sixers have struggled on the road, both straight up and against the spread posting a 4-7-1 record in their twelve road games this season and a 5-7 record straight up. Final score prediction, Boston Celtics 110 Philadelphia 76ers 100.