Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 01/09/2020 Odds Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 01/09/2020 – NBA fans and sports betting enthusiasts are in for a treat as two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference will renew their rivalry on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. The Boston Celtics, whose three-game winning streak snapped on Monday by the Washington Wizards, will likely be coming into Philly as the slight NBA spread betting underdogs (2.5 points) over the Sixers, who just ended a four-game skid after a tough battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 01/09/2020
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 01/09/2020 Betting Odds
Boston Celtics Betting
The Boston Celtics suffered consecutive setbacks at the hands of the Washington Wizards, 99-94, and the San Antonio Spurs, 129-114. Three-point shooting really killed the Celtics in both games as they shot a combined 17-for-66 from deep in those games.
Players to Watch: Kemba Walker (22.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG)
Jayson Tatum (21.1 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.8 APG)
Jaylen Brown (20.7 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.3 APG)
Philadelphia 76ers Betting
The Sixers finally ended probably their worst stretch of the season with a gutty 120-113 win over the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder. Both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had excellent all-around games. Embiid finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, while Simmons recorded 17 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Josh Richardson top-scored with 23 points and Tobias Harris contributed 18 markers.
Players to Watch: Joel Embiid (23.4 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.3 APG)
Tobias Harris (19.4 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.0 APG)
Josh Richardson (15.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.5 APG)
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 01/09/2020 Betting Numbers
Boston are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
Philadelphia are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Joel Embiid C Finger is downgraded to OUT Thursday vs Boston
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Betting Picks
The Sixers have beaten the Celtics twice this season, making them the popular pick in NBA Moneyline and NBA spread betting. But prior to their latest victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-113, Philadelphia had dropped four consecutive games. Can the Celtics stop their own bleeding and give their Atlantic Division rival a fourth loss in their last five games?
Moneyline: The Celtics are my pick to win despite the Sixers’ mastery over them in the first two games. Apart from Kemba Walker’s return from injury, I can see Boston doing a better job rebounding the ball after they got totally outrebounded by Philly in both games. The Celtics are 7-4 on the road and 2-2 as underdogs against East teams.
ATS: The Celtics are also my pick to cover the spread. Although they are coming off back-to-back losses to the Wizards and the Spurs, Brad Stevens will find a way to buckle that losing trend. I am expecting another close matchup between two Elite Eastern Conference teams. In the end, I feel Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum will make the difference, helping their team take a comfortable win by at least five points.
TOTALs: The total opened at 216.5 points. NBA over–under betting has been tricky when it comes to these two teams. Their first matchup went UNDER the total while their second game had gone OVER. Joel Embiid sitting for Thursday’s game with a finger injury is a big blow to the Sixers’ offense. I pick UNDER.
Score Prediction: 106 – 101Celtics