Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics - 8/17/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia 76ers (42-30) at Boston Celtics (48-24)
NBA Basketball: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Boston Celtics -6.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Monday in game one of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.
The Philadelphia 76ers enter the playoffs after splitting their last 16 games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 110.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.2 points and 11.7 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 19.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics enter the playoffs winning six of their last nine games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.4 points and seven rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 20.4 points and 4.8 assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game.
The 76ers are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games. The over is 11-3 in 76ers last 14 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Celtics last 6 games as a favorite. The 76ers are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Boston and 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
This line has shot up a lot over the last 24 hours, as the line opened up at -4 in the Celtics favor at a lot of books. The Boston Celtics should be favorites for this game and to win the series, as the 76ers have been hit or miss all year and are now without Ben Simmons, which certainly doesn't help their chances to make a playoff run. However, the 76ers are still a talented team and you can argue Embiid getting more shots without Simmons actually makes them better offensively. These are also two teams that don't like one another, and the 76ers have beaten the Celtics in four of the last six meetings. I'm just not eating a bunch of chalk in playoff games where free points are often key.
Give me the 76ers and the buckets.