Who’s ready for a little afternoon NBA basketball? Depending on which time zone you live in, you may be able to enjoy the matinee game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, which begins at 3 p.m. EST and will be played at O2 Arena in London, England. The Celtics go into the match as slim favorites, but playing overseas, this is anyone’s game. We break down the major odds in our NBA game preview between the Celtics and Sixers.
Boston Celtics (-138) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (+118)
The Eastern Conference-leading Boston will look for a seventh consecutive victory on Thursday afternoon when they take on Philadelphia at the 02 Arena in London, England. The Celtics have been on a tear of late — winning their last six games — and heading into the match overseas as the -138 moneyline favorite. The Sixers have put together a little winning streak of their own, posting victories in their last four contests going into action on Thursday.
Let’s dive into some other intriguing wagers for the match between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. Odds are courtesy of BetOnline.com.
Point Spread (2½)
There may be a huge gap in the Eastern Conference standings separating these two clubs, but BetOnline is pegging the Celtics as 2½-point favorites for Thursday’s NBA clash in London.
In the last 10 meetings between the Celtics and 76ers dating back to the 2015 campaign, Boston has posted a remarkable 9-1 record against its conference rivals. However, they clubs have been split down the middle when it comes to against the spread records — each posting marks of 5-5. Looking at recent trends, the Celtics are 4-2 ATS in their last six games. Boston, which is considered the road team on Thursday, has posted a 16-7 ATS record in its last 23 games on the road. Alternatively, the Sixers have gone 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
It is also worth noting that Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS in its last six games when playing Boston. The Celtics can be considered the Beast of the East and they should have no problem covering the 2½-point spread on Thursday.
Total Points (209 ½)
Thursday’s England clash between the Celtics and Sixers will also pit the league’s best defensive teams going head-to-head against one of the NBA’s finest offensive clubs.
The projected total points for this matchup has been set at 209 ½. Will the defensive-minded Celtics, who are holding opponents to just 97.6 points per game, play a more open style like the Sixers? Philadelphia is the league’s highest scoring club, averaging 108.6 points per game, but they also allow on average 107.9. If you’re basing your decision on past games, note that 6 of the last 10 meetings between these clubs has resulted in over outcomes.
The last time the Celtics and Sixers played was Nov. 30, 2017, Boston was 8-point favorites and covered. The total was 211.5 but the final score fell short of the mark as Boston walked away with a 108-97 win.
Pick: Boston Celtics (-138, -2½)
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