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#533 Philadelphia 76ers vs.
#534 Boston Celtics
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:40pm EST
TD Garden, Boston
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Philadelphia 76ers  (34-18, 30-22 ATS, 30-22 O/U) collide with the Boston Celtics (38-16, 27-26-1 ATS, 26-27 O/U) in a divisional showdown on Wednesday evening. The 76ers were dealt a road loss against the Knicks on Sunday. The Celtics recorded a road win against the Pistons on Monday evening. The Celtics logged a 126-117 home win against the 76ers in the only meeting this season. 

76ers Conclude Road Trip

The Philadelphia 76ers conclude a three-game road trip in this one. They beat the Spurs in a blowout 137-125 margin in the opening game of the road trek on Friday and were 4.5 point favorites in a 108-97 road loss to the Knicks on Sunday. Philadelphia is only three games behind the Celtics atop the Atlantic division. The 76ers covered the spread in two of their last three road games. 

Joel Embiid continues to excel, sinking at least 30 points in two of his last three games. The 28-year-old center has six consecutive double-doubles and is averaging 33.4 PPG and 10.2 RPG on the season. James Harden has shot 40% or lower in three of his last four bouts. The 33-year-old shooting guard has two double-doubles this month and has registered an average of 21 PPG and 10.9 APG. Tyrese Maxey scored 21 points in the lone meeting against the Celtics. The 22-year-old point guard has filed an average of 20.1 PPG. 

The 76er are a stellar 4-1 in their last five road games and 8-2 in their last ten bouts overall. Philadelphia is averaging 114.6 points on the season, ranking them 15th. The defense has been outstanding. They have allowed 108 or fewer points in two of their last three games and are conceding a season average of 110.9 points, placing them fourth in the NBA. 

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Celtics Rebound in Win vs. Pistons

The Boston Celtics enter this one as a winner of three out of their last four games. They clobbered the Nets 139-96 last Wednesday, lost a rough 106-94 decision to the Suns on Friday, and were marked 8.5 point favorites in a 111-99 road win against the Pistons on Monday night. Boston has not been quite as sharp as usual for their high standards and the huge lead atop the division is starting to narrow. The Celtics have covered the spread in only three of their last ten games. 

Jayson Tatum is consistently generating offense, collecting at least 30 points in eight of his last ten games. The 24-year-old small forward scored 34 on Monday and has delivered an average of 30.9 PPG on the season. Jaylen Brown did not play in Monday’s bout due to an illness and is questionable for this one. The veteran shooting guard has logged an average of 27 PPG on 49% shooting. Malcolm Brogdon recorded 16 points in the meeting against the 76ers. The 30-year-old point guard has shot at least 50% in three of his last four games and has posted an average of 14 PPG. Marcus Smart remains out of action.

The Celtics are 3-2 in their last five home bouts including defeats against the Nets and Suns. They are 6-4 in their last ten clashes. Boston is scoring an average of 117.6 points on the year, marking them third.  They have conceded 106 or fewer points in three straight games and are limiting opponents to a season average of 111.6 points, positioning them seventh in the NBA.

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The Philadelphia 76ers are only 2-2 in their last four games after losing games to the Magic and Knicks within the last week. The Boston Celtics will be ready for this game as they look to build on their first-place lead against a 76ers squad that is only three games behind them. Boston has won three out of their last four games. 

Furthermore, the 76ers are giving up an increase in points. They have squandered 119 or more points in five out of their last seven clashes. This is key as Boston is second in the NBA in adjusted offensive efficiency, averaging 115.3 points per 100 possessions compared to 113.8 per 100 by Philly. Boston won the first meeting by nine points and I expect another convincing win. Also, Joel Embiid is questionable with a foot injury.

Prediction: Boston Celtics -4.5

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I expect a barrage of scoring. These rivals played in a high scoring 126-116 decision in the only meeting this season in which the over delivered. The 76ers connected on 50% of their field goals in that meeting against the Celtics.

In addition, the Celtics attempt a ton of threes. They average 41.8 three-point attempts per game and have shot a stellar 40.3% from beyond the arc in their last three games. Boston posted a 56% mark from the field in the win against Philly. They have averaged 117.3 points in their last four games. The over is 6-2 in the Celtics' last eight February games.

Prediction: Over

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