76ers visit Celtics in hoops battle
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Odds
The Celtics hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Saturday as the 76ers pay a visit to TD Garden in NBA betting action.
The Celtics sport records of 10-9 and 7-9-3 ATS heading into this matchup, while the 76ers sit at 11-8 and 10-9 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-7-1 for the Celtics and 11-8 for the 76ers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For bettors going with the Celtics in this one, they were listed earlier as 6.5-point favorites on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 189 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Celtics and the No. 21-ranked 76ers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-94 result in favor of the Celtics.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 97.6 PPG, against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 7 at 94.5 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 47.2% so far, more than the 76ers shooters have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the 76ers own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 89.7 points per game when playing on the road. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 18 in scoring on their home court.
Boston was a 95-94 loser in its last match on the road against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 189 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Boston got 27 points from Paul Pierce en route to a 95-94 loss against Philadelphia on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
A few 76ers at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 11 games when playing Boston
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 11 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games at home
Philadelphia home to Detroit, Monday, December 10
Boston home to Dallas, Wednesday, December 12