Philadelphia 76ers (22-12) at Boston Celtics (19-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 25, 2018, 5:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Celtics -3.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Tuesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The Philadelphia 76ers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 114.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26.4 points and 13.2 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.5 points and 3.1 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing 9.2 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won four of their last six road games.
The Boston Celtics could also use a victory here after splitting their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.6 points and 6.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four of their last six home games.
The 76ers are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Celtics are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 home games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The 76ers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The over is 15-7 in 76ers last 22 road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers are playing better basketball at the moment, but they've also been a different team on the road, as they're being outscored by five points on the road this season and aren't covering numbers at all. The Boston Celtics have been inconsistent all year, but they're outscoring teams by eight points at home and have been a covering machine at home dating back to last season. The Celtics have also gotten the better of the 76ers in recent meetings, winning eight of the last 10 games and covering five of the last six. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the Celtics at home.