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Fireworks in Store for 76ers-Celtics Prime-Time Showdown

The Boston Celtics started out a five-game homestand on the wrong foot in the form of a 118-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons, but Brad Stevens and company have an opportunity to bounce back vs the upstart Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Celtics.
  • The 76ers are 0-5 SU in their last five games vs divisional opponents.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Celtics’ last six games.

Boston made a litany of mistakes in that setback, including going 12-for-21 from the foul line while turning over the ball 17 times. Andre Drummond went off for 26 points and 22 rebounds in the triumph, and Detroit’s point total represents a season high for teams facing the Celtics. It was uncharacteristic to say the least for Boston, which owns the top scoring defense in the NBA (96.8).

The Sixers, who are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set, topped the Washington Wizards at home 118-113 on Wednesday. Point guard Ben Simmons looked like his normal self despite coming off an ankle injury, as the rookie sensation poured in 31 points and 18 rebounds. The biggest hole in Simmons’ game is at the foul line, evidenced by the Australian going 15-for-29 from the charity stripe. On the year, he’s shooting 55.4 percent from the line.

For some reason, Kyrie Irving is not playing nearly as well at TD Garden compared to on the road in 2017-18. The superstar is averaging 18.4 points on 40 percent shooting at home compared to 26 on 52.2 percent away from Beantown. Boston has long dominated this series, as the Celtics have gone 12-1 SU in their last 13 vs the 76ers.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Celtics to win this game 107-105. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Celtics currently sport a record of 18-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 17-4-1 ATS. The Philadelphia 76ers are 12-8 and 14-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Celtics post a 11-11 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the 76ers have gone 12-8 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Philadelphia injuries news.

The Celtics sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the 76ers are at No. 11 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Philadelphia 76ers rank No. 1 in the league with 49.75 per game. That compares with Boston's No. 6 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boston is the NBA's No. 10-ranked team at 11.32 per game, while the 76ers rate No. 17 with 10.55 per contest.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Philadelphia got 31 points from Ben Simmons en route to a 118-113 victory over Washington on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.

Marcus Smart scored 23 points in a failed effort to lead the Celtics to victory (they lost 118-108 to Detroit at TD Garden on Monday).

Betting Trends
  • Philadelphia is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 15 games
  • Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Boston is 16-3-1 ATS in its last 20 games
  • Boston is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
  • Boston is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Philadelphia home to Detroit, Saturday, December 2
Boston home to Phoenix, Saturday, December 2