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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics - 3/20/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
Date & Time Wednesday March 20, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -3 -- Over/Under: 226
TV Channel
ESPN, NBSB, NSPA
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The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center.

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The Boston Celtics look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 112.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.7 points and 7.1 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16 points and 6.2 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last eight road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a statement victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 115.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.6 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.3 points and 2.8 assists. Jimmy Butler is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won their last four home games.

The Celtics are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The 76ers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The under is 8-2 in 76ers last 10 overall.

The Boston Celtics have owned the 76ers, which includes wins in each of the last four meetings and wins in eight of the last 10 overall. There's reason to consider the free bucket with the Celtics, especially with the 76ers on the end of a back to back. However, the Boston Celtics continue this consistent play and enter this contest allowing 50.2 percent shooting in their last five games. The Philadelphia 76ers are playing arguably their best ball of the season right now and return home where they win by an average of 8.2 points. This feels like a statement game between two conference rivals, and you have to be more confident in the 76ers at the moment. I'll lay the bucket. 

Pick:
Philadelphia 76ers -3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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