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NBA line favors 76ers over Celtics

The Boston Celtics will be on the road in Philadelphia on Wednesday night looking to improve on their ATS results against the Sixers.

The Celtics have lost just twice over their past 10 meetings with the division-rival Sixers, but they covered the posted spread at the sportsbooks in only four of those last 10 contests.

Boston is 0-5 ATS in their past 5 road games while the slumping Sixers are just 2-9 ATS overall in their past 11 contests.

Philadelphia battles the Celtics, currently with a 20-17 mark (16-21 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-25 for the 76ers and 17-20 for the Celtics.

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Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the 76ers in this one will find them as 5-point favorites at BetOnline, while the total was sitting at 179.5 over at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated 76ers and the No. 18-ranked Celtics, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 97-92 result in favor of the 76ers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 17-ranked offense (94.1 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 3 at 89.4 PPG. The 76ers have averaged 44.6% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (45.5% on average).

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 95 points per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

Boston was a 97-92 winner in its last match at home against the Rockets. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 189 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Paul Pierce went off for 30 points and added 6 rebounds leading Boston to a 97-92 win over Houston on Tuesday at TD Garden.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 97-93 loser as they battled the Bucks on the road. The 76ers failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite, while 190 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The 76ers wasted a 26-point performance from Louis Williams as Milwaukee ran past them 97-93 on Monday at Bradley Center.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Portland are 6-4
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a win are 8-2

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Utah are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

 

A few Celtics at 76ers trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Boston is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Portland, Friday, March 9
Philadelphia home to Utah, Friday, March 9

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