In this high caliber Eastern showdown between the third and fourth best teams of the conference, the 3rd Boston Celtics (17-6), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the fourth Philadelphia 76ers (18-7), who on the other hand have been red-hot having lost only once in their last 8 games.
Date/Time: 12-12-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -1
Boston Celtics have a 17-6 record (14-7-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the third place of the East. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Pacers with a 117-122 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 22.8 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds and a team high 5.2 assists per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 20.9 ppg and a team high 7.1 rebounds per game.
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Philadelphia 76ers have a 18-7 record (11-12-2 against the spread) and are sitting on the 4th place of the East. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against the Nuggets with a 97-92 score. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 22 ppg, adding a team high 12.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19.2 ppg and 7 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won at home with a 107-93 score. Celtics are 10-0 at home, while the Sixers are 5-7 on the road. Celtics are better offensively, scoring 110.9 ppg to Sixers’ 109.6, while both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 103.5 and 103.6 ppg. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47.5% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (36.6% to 35.8%). They are also better both in rebounding (46.3 to 45.7) and in assists made (26.8 to 23.4), while Celtics are better in turnovers committed (13.5 to 16.5). Bookmakers give the Celtics a -1 spread and expect them utilize the perfect home court advantage to beat the odds today.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -1 (-111)
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