Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Online Betting NBA Preview & Analysis
Trust the process: the words online betting NBA players are hearing with increasing frequency. The words refer to the Philadelphia 76ers’ interesting take on building a top-tier NBA franchise. Instead of continually giving it their best year in and year out, the 76ers purposely finished amongst the worst teams in the league. The reason being, the 76ers figured they could bulk up their roster through the NBA Draft. While some have criticized the process, Stephen A. Smith in particular, there’s no denying that Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have convinced most bettors to trust the process. But do you trust those players to get it done in this evening’s Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Eastern Conference matchup?
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics – Thursday, January 18th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Stream: TNT Drama, NBA League Pass
Online Betting NBA Lines:
Philadelphia 76ers TBP
Boston Celtics TBP
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The 76ers, and their so-called trustworthy process, enter this evening’s matchup sporting a 20-20 record. With that record, Philadelphia finds themselves ranked 3rd overall in the Atlantic Division. Furthermore, Philly ranks 9th overall in the Eastern Conference. At the present time, Joel Embiid & Co. are 11 ½ games behind the division leading Celtics. While catching Boston may be out of reach, the 76ers are just a couple games behind 8th place Detroit. So if the 76ers deliver a solid push, they might just make the playoff cut at the end of the season. It’s been 5 seasons since Philadelphia has qualified for the postseason, but it’s about time the process delivered some tangible results. The online betting NBA lines haven’t made their mind up about this Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics pairing. But considering Philly recently had a 4-game win streak snapped by Boston, bettors can expect Boston to come out as the betting sportsbook favorite this evening.
The Celtics leap into this evening’s pairing flashing a 34-11 record that ranks them 1st in the Atlantic Division. In addition to being the best team in the Atlantic, the Celts are also the best team in the East. Accounting for Cleveland’s recent slip-ups, it’s actually the Toronto Raptors that are sitting on the No. 2 spot in the conference. That said, the Raptors are still 3 games behind Boston in the conference race. Considering that Boston is 4-1 in their last 5 matchups, bettors shouldn’t expect them to give up that lead anytime soon. Especially not with the kind of season Kyrie Irving is having.
Specifically, Irving is making a name himself by consistently delivering 24.1 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per matchup. Furthermore, Irving has turned himself into a human highlight reel and it’s safe to say that Celtics’ fans can’t get enough of their newfound sensation. Sportsbook players looking to rack up some NBA parlay picks for this evening’s action should not consider betting against Irving. That said, Irving is listed as Day-to-Day on the team’s injury line. If Irving is out of the starting lineup this evening, players should definitely take the upset line on the 76ers.