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76ers vs Celtics Betting Preview

A pair of slumping Atlantic Division teams meet at Wells Fargo Center Fridat as the host Philadelphia 76ers and visiting Boston Celtics do battle in NBA betting action.

Boston is just 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games on the road but they have dominated the 76ers SU. However, Philly is 6-2 ATS past 8 meetings with Boston.

The 76ers have lost four of five and watched Boston and the Knicks creep into the divisional race.

The 76ers currently sports a record of 26-21, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 25-22 ATS. The Celtics are 25-21 and 21-25 ATS. Betting totals have seen the 76ers post a 18-29 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Celtics have gone 21-25 against the number.

View Boston vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The 76ers were listed as 5.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark and lots of bettors were on the Celtics at shops such as TopBet. The total was listed at 179.5 in a battle of two of the NBA's best defensive teams.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 2-rated 76ers and the No. 19-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.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 94 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 3 at 90.6 PPG. The 76ers field goal percentage has averaged 44.9% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 45.5% per game.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.6 points per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 24 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Boston was a 100-91 winner on the road against the Bucks. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (191) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Milwaukee was scorched by Paul Pierce for 25 points as the Celtics defated the Bucks 100-91 in NBA action on Thursday.

Philadelphia was an 82-79 loser in its last match at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 161 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Philadelphia suffered an 82-79 loss against New York on Wednesday, getting 16 points from Jrue Holiday in a losing effort at Wells Fargo Center.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing New York are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

 

A few Celtics at 76ers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Boston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Philadelphia's last 17 games

Next up:
Boston home to Washington, Sunday, March 25
Philadelphia at San Antonio, Sunday, March 25

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