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It’s an Atlantic Division clash on the parquet floor in the City of Brotherly Love. The Boston Celtics are on the road as they make the trek to face the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. Boston suffered a 123-112 home loss to the Clippers Saturday night in their last contest. Philadelphia rolled to a 143-120 home win over the Lakers Sunday afternoon in their previous tilt. The Celtics lead the all-time regular season series 260-186 and have won 16 of the last 18 meetings, including two this season. That includes a 121-114 overtime win at home in the most recent matchup on December 25, 2018.
Boston Celtics Try to Recover From Back to Back Blown Leads
Boston dropped their second straight game as they let a big lead slip away against the Clippers, marking their second straight big blown lead. The Celtics entered Monday fifth in the Eastern Conference, 5.5 games behind the Bucks: the team was 4.5 games behind the Raptors in the Atlantic Division. Boston led by 23 after the opening quarter and 68-40 with 4:39 to play in the first half. The Celtics saw that lead trimmed to 21 at the half and five after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Boston was outscored 42-26 to end up with the loss. The Celtics shot 42.4 percent from the field, including nine of 26 from three-point range, and forced 17 turnovers yet took the loss. Gordon Hayward led the team with 19 points in the loss.
Hayward reads the play, picks off the inbounds pass and finds Brown in transition for two! pic.twitter.com/rOshz0SrzR
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 10, 2019
The Celtics are 12th in the league in scoring offense with 112.9 points per game. Boston is 16th in the league in rebounding with 45.1 boards per game and stand 6th with 26.4 assists per contest. Boston is elite on the defensive end: they are 5th in scoring defense, allowing 106.5 points per game. Jayson Tatum is second on the team with 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Kyrie Irving (23.6 points, 6.9 assists), Marcus Morris (14.6 points, six boards), Gordon Hayward (10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds), Jaylen Brown (12.7 points) and Al Horford (12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists) are all contributing offensively this season. Terry Rozier, Aron Baynes, rookie Robert Williams, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis are also looked at to chip in on both ends for Brad Stevens. The Celtics are 14th in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.4 percent from the floor as a team. Boston is tied for 2nd in three-pointers per game with 13.1 per night while the team is 6th in three-point percentage as they hit 37 percent from beyond the arc. Baynes is out until late February with a bruised foot. Irving is out here after suffering a strained knee against the Clippers February 9th.
Philadelphia 76ers Seek Third Straight Victory
Philadelphia won their second straight game as they cruised to the win over the Lakers at home Sunday afternoon. The 76ers entered Monday fourth in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games behind the Bucks: they were 3.5 games behind the Raptors in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia trailed by one after the opening quarter but took a nine-point halftime edge before pulling away in the second half. The 76ers shot a blistering 57.7 percent from the field, including 12 of 24 from beyond the arc, and forced 16 Lakers turnovers in the game. Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 37 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) February 11, 2019
The 76ers enter this game 3rd in scoring offense with an average of 115.9 points per game. Philadelphia is 6th in rebounding with 47 boards per game and stands 3rd in assists with 27.4 per contest. The 76ers are 21st in scoring defense by allowing an average of 112.2 points per game so far. Joel Embiid leads the team with 27.4 points plus 13.5 rebounds per contest. Ben Simmons is averaging 16.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and eight assists per game and JJ Redick (18.7 points) is also averaging in double figures. Jimmy Butler puts up 19.4 points, 4.9 boards and 3.9 assists a night while Tobias Harris puts up 20.8 points and 7.8 boards per contest. Amir Johnson, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott, James Ennis III, Malachi Richardson, Furkan Korkmaz and T.J. McConnell are all key pieces in Brett Brown’s rotation. Philadelphia is tied for 6th in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.4 percent from the floor. The 76ers are tied for 14th in three pointers per game (11.4) but stand tied for 7th in three-point percentage as they cash in 36.2 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss
- Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Philadelphia’s new look rotation is clicking in their first two games. The 76ers beat the Nuggets by seven and dusted the Lakers by 23. Meanwhile, we saw Boston blow a big lead to lose at the buzzer to the Lakers and then let a 28-point lead slip away against the Clippers. The Celtics now are without Irving at this point in time and that’s going to take a toll on the team. Maurice Morris has talked about how the season hasn’t been fun: it won’t get any better here. Philadelphia comes up with the victory at home as the Celtics suffer a third straight defeat.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Philadelphia has rung up an impressive 260 points in their two games since making the deal for Harris and plugging him in the rotation. The 76ers are ready to attack and gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings. There are many who think that the 76ers are the favorite in the Eastern Conference after the deals they made. Boston is trying to find some consistency as their depth has failed to pay the dividends one would have expected. Can the Celtics overcome their back to back home losses and pull out the win on the road here?
The under is 5-0 in the Celtics’ last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last five against Atlantic Division teams. Philadelphia has seen the under go 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-1 in their last six overall, 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. This one falls short of the number as the Celtics struggle a bit without Irving.
Prediction: Under 226
Half-Time Side Pick
The starting five for the 76ers is doing the job: Harris had 22 points in the win over the Lakers as that group hung 103 points. None of the starters played more than 32 minutes in the game as Brett Brown is working on keeping guys fresh while working new faces in the rotation. Boston is dealing with the injury to Irving and they are scuffling at the moment. The Celtics are going to have to dig deep but they’re missing the firepower here: the 76ers have the edge at the half.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -3
Half-Time Total Bet
We’ve seen Boston hang a couple big point totals in the first half against the Lakers and the Clippers but they still came up with the loss. The Celtics put up 66 points in the opening half against the Lakers and a staggering 74 against the Clippers, yet dropped both contests. Philadelphia is playing terrific basketball on both ends right now and their starting five is as good as any that the Eastern Conference has to offer. The 76ers do their part and that pushes this one over the number at the half.
Prediction: Over 110