The Philadelphia 76ers will return to the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center to host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their second-round series. The Sixers dropped back-to-back games for the first time since the end of February and were stunned by the undermanned Celtics in Beantown. Philly is 10-1 SU in their last 11 games at home and opened as 9-point favorites to get the victory.
The Sixers were the hottest team in the league going into the second-round, winning 20 of their last 23 games and putting the league on notice that “the process” may have been complete. But two games in Boston have exploited some of the shortcomings of superstar Ben Simmons, who has only managed 19 points through two games including a glaring 1-point effort in Game 2.
One major concern for Philadelphia has been their regression from the three-point line in this series as they’ve only managed to shoot 18 for 59 (30 percent) from deep. If the Sixers can’t find their shooting stroke and Simmons disappears again, it could be an early exit for the young guns from the City of Brotherly Love.
The Celtics must feel confident going into Game 3 after controlling the first two games. Point guard Terry Rozier has had a coming-out party in these playoffs as Rozier is averaging 17 points and six assists in the postseason including shooting 11 for 18 from three-point range in this series. While rosters have changed between these squads over the last few years, the Celtics have owned this matchup, winning 16 of the last 18 games and are 7-1 SU in their last eight trips to Philadelphia. If bettors are not comfortable with the Celtics moneyline, stick to their spread as Boston has done well in this position as a large underdog at 8-1 ATS when dogs of nine points or more.
The total opened at 206 and trends are pointing towards an OVER. The total has gone OVER in eight of the last 11 games in this matchup with an average combined score of 209.6 points per game
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Philadelphia 76ers installed as -10-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The over-under betting line for the total number of point scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 208.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 110-100 result in favor of the 76ers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Philadelphia battles the Boston Celtics, currently with a 61-30 mark (57-32-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 45-43-1 for the Philadelphia 76ers and 49-41-1 for the Boston Celtics. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Boston injuries news.
The 76ers - Celtics betting odds would favor the 76ers if the lines were set according to power rankings. Philadelphia is rated No. 1 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Boston Celtics sit at No. 11.
Offensively the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 6-ranked offense (109.88 PPG) against a Boston Celtics defense that ranks No. 3 at 100.57 PPG. The Philadelphia 76ers have averaged 46.95% from the field per game, more than the Boston Celtics have managed so far this NBA season (45.02% on average).
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