The Philadelphia 76ers take a short trip to Boston tonight to meet the Celtics. While the 76ers had Boston's number the last time the two met, we believe that tonight's matchup should produce a different result.
are only eleven games left in the regular season, and the Atlantic division is
still very much up for grabs. While the Knicks (3 games back of the division
lead) have the tough task of facing the Bulls this afternoon in New York, the
Celtics and 76ers square off in Boston.
The 76ers lost last night at home to
the drama-filled Magic, while the Celtics won an excellent game in Indianapolis
against the Pacers, 86-72. The NBA odds boards are favoring the Celtics at -4 for this
matchup, with a total of 176 points. Some NBA betting shops have already started offering the spread at 3.5 with a total of 175.5.
Lets breakdown this matchup and decide which side we want to be on when it comes time to placing our NBA picks
Old, not dead
The Boston Celtics could stretch their lead in the Atlantic division to three games with a
win here tonight, putting a nice cushion between them and Philly. The 76ers
have all but imploded over the last month, but I’ll get into that in a bit.
Boston on the other hand has done quite the opposite. They have pushed their
way to a 31-24 record, after being only a borderline playoff team at the All
losing two games in a row to tough Bulls and Spurs teams, the Celtics were able
to dominate last night in Indiana. Paul Pierce had 24 points to lead the
Celtics and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists. Boston has won eight of their last
eleven games, but one of those losses came at the hands of the 76ers back on March
23, where the Celtics dropped a game 99-86 in Philadelphia. I hate to use the
term “payback,” but with the implications surrounding the division lead, the
Celtics might just come out for tonight’s game with a bit more fire.
problem is, the Celtics have not beaten the 76ers so far this season. They are
0-2 SU and ATS against the Sixers this season.
76ers getting 86’d
playoff teams in the NBA this season, there hasn’t been a slide like the Sixers
have had in either conference. Philly has lost three games in a row, nine of
their last thirteen, and since February 15th, they are 9-17. They
are now only 29-26 SU on the year, after being a top 3 or 4 team in the East
before the All Star Break.
has happened to this once good team, that has turned them into an average team?
Scoring is the number one issue. They have failed to reach 80 points five times
in their last twelve games. While they still are the number one ranked
defensive team in the NBA, they have dropped to the ditch when it comes to
average scoring. They rank 25th in the league in scoring (93 points
per game). However, they have given up an average of 93 points per game in
their last seven.
The Sharp Pick
just take a glance at this game on the surface, it seems simple. Lay the points
with the Celtics, and take the under. Both of these teams are 1st
and 3rd in points against in the NBA, so it should be in the
eighties. Not so fast. The Celtics are only 7-9 SU off of back to backs this
season, and have yet to beat Philadelphia. Plus, defense has been what has
suffered when both teams are playing their second game in as many nights.
going to be a grind it out defensive battle, but the total is a wash to me, and
might be a bit of a dangerous bet. However, I think the Celtics will finally
win against the fading Sixers, so I am taking the first half moneyline with the
home team to play it safe. The Celtics were up at the half the last time these
two played, and have been leading at the half in eight of their last nine
Celtics -145 1H