On Friday night, the Sixers and Celtics meet for the second time in three nights. The Sixers will play once again play host to the Boston Celtics, who they defeated 117-109 on Wednesday night.
Let’s get into our Sixers-Celtics betting preview, including odds, boosts, and picks.
Boston entered play in first place in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday at 8-4, but after being handed a defeat, the Celtics find themselves in third place behind the Sixers and Milwaukee Bucks.
Wednesday night’s game was a relatively tight affair in terms of shots from the field with the Sixers hitting 36/78 (46.2%) of their shots, while Boston was a tick better connecting on 42 of 89 (47.2%) shot attempts. The Celtics went 12/33 (36.4%) from behind the arc, while the Sixers hit 9 of 27 3-point attempts. The real story of the game was the free throw disparity. Philadelphia went to the line more that twice as many times as Boston, converting 36 of 45 free throw attempts to Boston’s 13/20 effort.
The Sixers pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Boston 31-17 in the final frame. If they can finish strong in this one, it could be a repeat performance.
As has been the case over the past few weeks, a number of players will miss this game due to Health & Safety Protocols including:
- Carsen Edwards
- Jayson Tatum
- Vincent Poirier
Seth Curry, who’s been on the shelf following a positive test for COVID-19, is listed as available for the first time since being diagnosed. He missed the first matchup against Boston as he was working on reconditioning to get into game shape.
Sixers vs. Celtics Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Celtics at DraftKings Sportsbook:
- Spread: Sixers -4.5, Celtics +4.5
- Moneyline: Sixers -180, Celtics +148
- Total: 221.5