Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:30 PM (TD Garden)
Celtics -3 O/U 218.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers travel to the TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics in a battle of two teams trying to improve their seeding in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers have won six of their last ten games, they lost their last time out on the road to the Atlanta Hawks 127-117 to drop their record on the season to 31-18. The Celtics come in on a two game winning streak and have won four of their last five, the most recent win over Golden State winning 119-104 to improve their record on the season to 32-15 on the season.
The 76ers come in averaging 108.7 points per game which ranks them 23rd in the NBA in scoring offense. The 76ers are shooting 45.4% from the field which ranks 12th in offensive shooting percentage in the NBA. Leading the 76ers on offense is center Joel Embiid who leads the team in both points with 23.3 points per game while adding 12.3 rebounds per game. Leading the frontcourt is the tandem of Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris, Harris leads the backcourt in scoring with 19.4 points per game while adding 6.8 rebounds. Simmons averages 16.6 points per game while adding a team-high 8.3 assists per game and 7.7 rebounds per game.
The Celtics come in averaging 112.4 points per game which ranks 13th in the NBA in scoring offense while shooting 46.1% from the field. Leading the Celtics is offseason acquisition Kemba Walker who is averaging 22 points per game while adding 5 assists per game. The frontcourt is led by power forward Jayson Tatum who averages 21.5 points per game while ranking second on the team with 6.9 rebounds per contest.
Both the Celtics and the 76ers have some of the best defenses in the NBA with the 76ers allowing 105.2 points per game ranking 2nd in the NBA while opposing teams shoot 45.4% from the field which ranks 12th in the NBA. The Celtics have allowed 105.5 points per game ranking 3rd in the NA while opposing teams are shooting 44.3% from the field to rank 6th in the NBA.
In a battle of two hardnose defenses in a game that holds importance in Eastern Conference seeding both teams will be playing hard and locked in. This will lead to a close, back and forth game. The Celtics have been one of the best bets in the NBA on the season with a 28-17-2 record ATS while the 76ers have struggled with a 21-27-1 record ATS on the year. Final score prediction, the 76ers are able to keep the game close losing the game outright but covering the spread in a close 101-99 game.