In this high caliber Eastern duel between two of the top-5 squads of the conference, the third Philadelphia 76ers (46-25), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the fifth Boston Celtics (43-28), who on the other hand saw a small winning streak end and want to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 03-20-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -3
Philadelphia 76ers have a 46-25 record (34-37 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Hornets with a 118-114 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.3 ppg, adding a team high 13.6 boards per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19.5 ppg and 8.1 boards per game.
Boston Celtics have a 43-28 record (34-36-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Nuggets with a 105-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.7 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team high 7.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16 ppg and 6.2 boards per game.
Celtics lead the Sixers 3-0 wins so far this season having won the previous road game with a 109-112 score. Sixers have a 28-9 home record, while the Celtics are 17-17 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115.1 ppg to Celtics’ 112.7 ppg, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing 107.6 ppg to Sixers’ 111.8. Sixers have a better field goal percentage (47.2% to 46.5%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (36.4% to 35.9%). Sixers are better both in boards grabbed (47.5 to 44.5) and in dimes made (27.1 to 26.5), while Celtics are better in turnovers committed (12.7 to 15). Sixers are coming in this game hot and Vegas odds give them a -3 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -3 (-108)
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