Celtics vs 76ers NBA Odds, Preview & Expert Pick.

Celtics vs 76ers NBA Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Written by on February 12, 2019

The best NBA rivalry in the Eastern Conference? Hard to argue against Boston vs. Philadelphia and the two contenders face off in the City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday. Will Boston have Kyrie Irving? No matter what, the home side comes in as the NBA betting Favorites.

How to Bet Celtics vs 76ers NBA Odds & Game Info

Season Series

Celtics lead 2-0. The last meeting was on Christmas and Boston prevailed 121-114 in overtime. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 41 points to go along with a season-high 10 rebounds while Jayson Tatum added 23 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Marcus Morris had 23 points and six rebounds.

The Sixers were led by Joel Embiid and his 34 points and 16 rebounds. Ben Simmons added 11 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists while Jimmy Butler poured in 24 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Why Bet on Boston?

Saturday was an awful day for the Boston Celtics as it blew a 28-point home lead and lost 123-112 to the Clippers and also saw All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving leave with a knee injury. Irving left with 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter after spraining his right knee while weaving through traffic on defense. Boston led by 20 at the time.

Irving is currently averaging 23.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists on the season and is one of just three players across the NBA this season to record at least 23 points, four rebounds and seven assists per game joining James Harden and LeBron James. Irving was named an All-Star starter and received the most fan votes amongst Eastern Conference guards for the third straight year.

Irving (strained right knee) reportedly will not play on Tuesday vs. the 76ers and is being called day-to-day. The Celtics were already being cautious with Kyrie before the knee tweak, so expect more of the same going forward. Terry Rozier should start while Irving is out.

In Saturday’s loss, the Celtics were outscored 28-12 after scoring 74 first-half points. Thus, the Celtics followed their highest-scoring half of the season with their lowest-scoring quarter, blowing a 28-point lead for the first time in 15 years. It was the largest comeback in the NBA in the past two seasons and the largest in Clippers history. It was the biggest blown lead by the Celtics since Dec. 5, 2003.

Rozier played 31 minutes against the Clippers, scoring 16 points (6-of-12 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two 3-pointers. Rozier’s per-36 stats without Irving this season are 15.5 points, 6.6 boards, 5.1 dimes, 1.5 steals, and 2.7 triples. Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting (5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, three assists and one steal vs. L.A.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 112.93
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.41
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.99
  • Free Throw Percentage: 81.37
  • Total Rebounds: 45.14

Defense

  • Total Score: 106.48
  • Field Goal Percentage: 44.29
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.01
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.35
  • Total Rebounds: 45.38

Why Bet on Philadelphia?

Philly torched the Lakers 143-120 on Sunday. Fresh off a buzzer-beating win at Boston, the Lakers shot nearly 60 percent and scored 40 points in the first quarter. But fueled by Redick’s four-point play, the Sixers closed the first half on a 19-6 run to take a 76-67 lead into halftime. Philadelphia’s lead ballooned to 109-94 at the end of the third quarter after T.J. McConnell’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

The Philadelphia 76ers scored at least 33 points in each quarter — the first time the team has done so since 1986. Philly finished with 33 assists and seven turnovers. Joel Embiid (illness) went off for 37 points on Sunday, making 12-of-16 field goals and 11-of-12 free throws with 14 rebounds. Despite being a near-constant presence on the injury report, Embiid has missed just four games all season.

Celtics vs 76ers is going to be a close one.

Ben Simmons shot just 3-of-13 from the field on Sunday, scoring eight points with seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 29 minutes. Philly shredded the Lakers for 143 points on 57.7% shooting despite Simmons’ struggles, which underscores how potent they are on offense.

Tobias Harris got hot on Sunday with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, adding six rebounds, six assists, three 3-pointers and one block in 29 minutes. T.J. McConnell made 6-of-6 shots to score 13 points vs. the Lakers. Jonathon Simmons (strained left oblique) had three points, two assists and one rebound in three minutes during his Philly debut.

Overall, Philadelphia has scored at least 100 points in 52 games. The team is averaging an Eastern Conference-best 30.7 points per first quarter. Golden State (30.9) is the only other team in the NBA averaging over 30 points in the first this season.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 115.86
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.38
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.20
  • Free Throw Percentage: 77.53
  • Total Rebounds: 46.95

Defense

  • Total Score: 112.21
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.41
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.37
  • Free Throw Percentage: 77.98
  • Total Rebounds: 43.20

Celtics vs 76ers NBA Betting Trends

  • Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings
  • Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings
  • Boston is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Boston is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games when playing Philadelphia
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games at home

Expert NBA Betting Prediction

Sixers take advantage of Irving’s absence and cover.