Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 10/23/2019 NBA Odds, Prediction
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 10/23/2019 – The Boston Celtics will be gunning for a big statement on opening night, as they lock horns with fellow Eastern Conference heavyweight, Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. All-Star and All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker will be making his Celtics debut, going up against former Boston big man Al Horford who will now protect the paint alongside superstar Joel Embiid. Based on the odds at top sports betting sites, the Sixers are coming in as the favorites, but everybody knows the Celtics are very much capable of pulling off a big win.
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 10/23/2019
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 10/23/2019 Betting Odds
Boston Celtics Betting
The Celtics are moving on from the Kyrie Irving saga with a new point guard in Kemba Walker. While many NBA experts think Kemba is a level below Kyrie, it’s evident that Boston clearly wants chemistry over talent this time around. Moreover, the decision to sign Jaylen Brown to a four-year, $115 million contract extension only means Celtics GM Danny Ainge is very optimistic with the core group of Brown, Walker and Jayson Tatum going forward.
Players to Watch: Kemba Walkers (25.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 5.9 APG*) Jaylen Brown (13.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 1.4 APG*), and Jayson Tatum (15.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 2.1 APG*)
Philadelphia 76ers Betting
The 76ers might have lost star swingman Jimmy Butler, but they added in former All-Star power forward Al Horford to add more ceiling in their frontcourt. All of a sudden, the Sixers will be fielding perhaps the tallest lineup in years with 6-foot-8 Josh Richardson and 6-foot-11 Ben Simmons sharing the backcourt, 6-foot-9 Tobias Harris, 6-foot-11 Horford and 7-foot-1 Joel Embiid manning the paint.
Players to Watch: Joel Embiid (27.5 PPG, 13.6 RPG and 3.7 APG*), Ben Simmons (16.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG and 7.7 APG*), and Tobias Harris (18.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG and 2.9 APG*).
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 10/23/2019 Betting Numbers
Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games.
Gordon Hayward SF Illness is probable Wednesday vs Philadelphia
Tacko Fall C Knee is OUT Wednesday vs Philadelphia
James Ennis III SF Calf is probable Wednesday vs Boston
Ben Simmons PG Back is probable Wednesday vs Boston
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Betting Picks
The Celtics went undefeated in four preseason matches, holding three of their opponents under 100 points. The Sixers sport a 4-1 preseason record with their only loss coming against the Washington Wizards 122-93 on the final day of preseason.
Moneyline: According to ESPN basketball power index, the Sixers are the heavy favorite at 63.4 percent. NBA betting is going to be tricky for this game since these Atlantic Division rivals are familiar with each other’s offensive and defensive schemes. However, I think the Celtics will come through with a surprising win in this one with Tatum delivering a big game.
ATS: Boston has an impressive 8-2 record in the last 10 head-to-head meetings with Philadelphia. It only shows they really know how to play the Sixers.
TOTALs: Boston averaged 111.3 points per game last season while Philadelphia scored 114.5 per contest. Both teams will still break the 100-point mark, but the defensive nature of the game in the closing minutes might prevent them from exceeding the total set by bookies at 220.
Score Prediction: 105 – 103 Boston