Check out our free Celtics vs 76ers pick and preview for this NBA game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Celtics vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
- Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
- Date: Tuesday, April 4th
- Betting Odds PHI -2.5, BOS +115 | PHI -139 O/U OFF
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 54-24. So far, the team has gone 40-36-2 against the spread. Against the 76ers, the Celtics are going for their 3rd straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 24.5 points per game in this stretch.
Boston is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Jazz. Going into the game, they were 13 point favorites against the spread. Their 122-114 victory was not enough to cover. In the game, Boston was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Jazz by 6 going into the second half. In the win, Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 39 points on a field goal percentage of 70.6%.
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 51-27, while going 45-32-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
Philadelphia is trying to bounce back from a 117-104 loss to the Bucks. Going into this game, the team was 5 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Philadelphia got off to a slow start, trailing by 16 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Tyrese Maxey, as he contributed 29 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Celtics picked up the 126-117 win over the 76ers. The Celtics point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 3.0 point favorite. So far this season, the Celtics have a record of 3-0 vs the 76ers. Similar to their season-long average, the Celtics averaged 106.25 points per game vs the 76ers. While the Celtics were able to maintain their usual level of production against Philadelphia, the 76ers averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 98.25. The Celtics have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 11 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 219 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Celtics offense is rated 2nd in the league in scoring, averaging 118.4 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Celtics are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.6 per contest. A key reason behind the team’s overall offensive success is their ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Despite their slow style of play, their 3-point shooting percentage of 37.7% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
Defensively, the Celtics are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.48 points per contest (1st).
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jaylen Brown who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 26.7 points per game. At the time of this article, Brown is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 48th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Boston benefit from having both of their top scorers as Jayson Tatum leads the team and is 6th in the league in scoring (30.3). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 5th in points allowed to small-forwards.
For the season, the 76ers offensive unit is ranked just 14th in scoring at 115.1 points per contest. One area that the Philadelphia offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 21.2 made free-throws per contest. If the 76ers offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 96.8 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
So far, the 76ers have played well defensively, as they are ranked 8th in the league at 107.33 points per contest.
This season, the 76ers offense has primarily worked through Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 64 games, Embiid is 1st in the NBA at 33.0 points per game. So far, him and Maxey have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 53.6 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Tyrese Maxey is grabbing 2.9 rebounds for Philadelphia to go along with 3.6 assists.
Celtics vs 76ers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: 76ers -2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF