- Sixers Trends and Prediction. The Boston Celtics are: 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss; 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning percentage.
- The Celtics and Sixers met in the Eastern Conference Finals that season with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line. The series went the distance, with Game 7 being held at the Boston Garden. With 5 seconds left and Boston leading 110–109, Russell tried to inbound the ball when it hit a guy wire that supported the backboard, which resulted in.
However, the Sixers quickly responded with a 10-0 run to salt the game away, ultimately winning, 122-110. I know Jayson Tatum wasn’t involved, but two wins over the Celtics in one week sure.
Note: No traditional recap post for tonight’s game. Don’t hold back in the comments section.
Sixers Bell Ringer Season Standings:
This is a preview for opening night but this game might be a preview of a dynamic playoff series come the end of the season. CELTICS AND TD GARDEN ARE PREPARING TO WELCOME FANS BACK. A limited number of fans will soon be in attendance at Celtics home games.
Joel Embiid - 7
Tobias Harris - 3
Shake Milton - 3
Tyrese Maxey - 1
Dakota Mathias - 1
Philadelphia welcomed Seth Curry back to the court following his COVID-induced absence, reuniting the opening-night starting lineup that has yet to lose a game this season (now 8-0). The Sixers broke open a close game with a 28-10 run across the latter half of the third quarter to take their first double-digit lead of the game. Propelled by an outstanding performance from Jaylen Brown (game-high 42 points), the Celtics closed to within 103-100 with 4:44 remaining in the game. However, the Sixers quickly responded with a 10-0 run to salt the game away, ultimately winning, 122-110. I know Jayson Tatum wasn’t involved, but two wins over the Celtics in one week sure feels good. Let’s choose a Bell Ringer.
Joel Embiid: 38 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 5 turnovers
Not only do the Celtics need to go back to the drawing board, but they might need a whole new board altogether in figuring out how to slow down Joel Embiid. Despite a relatively slow start after being saddled with two fouls early in the fourth quarter, Joel put together yet another MVP-caliber performance. His line of 38 points on just 15 shots from the field (11-of-15 FG, 2-of-2 3PT, 14-of-15 FTs) is pretty enough to hang in a gallery. Embiid’s face-up jumper is looking more and more automatic, and he has really perfected every nuance of drawing fouls on the interior. With the playoff-type series of two games in three days against the same opponent, Boston did throw a few wrinkles in the double teams that caused Joel difficulty (one soft cross-court pass attempt was particularly egregious. But Embiid was ultimately far too dominant, even capping the night off with a stepback 3 inside the final minute to put the nail in the coffin. I’d say Joel earned the second of the back-to-back load management night tomorrow.
Folks, Joel is once again.
He's got 16 points. Pretty good. pic.twitter.com/zwZWts16WJ— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 23, 2021
Ben Simmons: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 turnovers
Can I have your attention please? The real Ben Simmons finally stood up. Once again looking largely invisible offensively, while playing his usual solid defense, for much of the night, Ben finally turned back the clock in the fourth quarter to happier pre-“we have no problem trading you away” days. Simmons dropped 11 points in the final frame, and was the key factor in that final fourth-quarter surge to hold off a Celtics comeback. Ben scored seven straight Sixers points, then assisted on a Tobias Harris 3, and completed his personal mini-run with a right-handed floater from the middle of the lane. Welcome back, Ben Simmons, impactful offensive weapon!
Right at 'em.
@NBCSPhilly @BenSimmons25pic.twitter.com/fVKoZr4sXY— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 23, 2021
Tobias Harris: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 3 turnovers
Tobi was Mr. Automatic on the offensive end, finishing a sparkling 10-of-12 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Harris made tough turnaround jumpers, and spinning floaters look smooth and easy, and the 3 from the top of the key with just under four minutes left was one of the biggest shots of the game. With backup Mike Scott still sidelined, Tobias also deserves a ton of credit for playing a yeomanlike 41 minutes, six minutes more than the next-highest Sixer.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 23, 2021
Matisse Thybulle: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 0 turnovers
Young ‘Tisse seems to be gaining confidence with each passing game. Offensively, Matisse had some nice moments, hitting one of his three 3-point attempts, scoring off a sharp baseline cut, and finishing an acrobatic up-and-under lay-up off the rare baseline drive. Of course, Thybulle only has to be passable offensively, because his defense is his calling card, and he was exemplary on that end Friday night. He twice blocked Kemba Walker 3-point attempts; this play after Kemba had looked to free himself up with a crossover is one of the more remarkable defensive moments I’ve seen in some time.
This was one hell of a block by Matisse Thybulle on Kemba Walker. pic.twitter.com/nuv7GsR2aV— Tom West (@TomWestNBA) January 23, 2021
The Boston Celtics (8-5) will take on the Philadelphia 76ers (10-5) at the Wells Fargo Center for a second time this week. The tipoff for this game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Celtics-76ers NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
Celtics at 76ers: Betting odds, spread and lines
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Celtics Sixers Starting Lineup: Celtics +155 (bet $100 to win $155) 76ers -190 (bet $190 to win $100)Against the spread/ATS: Celtics +4.5 (-110) 76ers -4.5 (-110)Over/Under: 222.5 (O: -110 U: -110)
Celtics at 76ers: Key Injuries
CelticsSF Jayson Tatum (COVID-19) outPG Carson Edwards (health and safety protocols) outSG Romeo Langford (wrist) out
Celtics Sixers Moneyline
76ersSG Seth Curry (conditioning) probableSF Mike Scott (knee) out
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Celtics at 76ers: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks
76ers 113, Celtics 108
Money line (ML)
The 76ERS (-190) beat the Celtics on Wednesday night by eight points, but expect this game to be a tad closer. Boston will still be without SF Jayson Tatum, but PG Kemba Walker has returned to the lineup and that gives the Celtics more scoring options.
The 76ers should win this game as they have now won three of their last four contests. But this is a heavyweight fight on Friday night that is must-see TV.
Against the spread (ATS)
The 76ERS -4.5 (-110) are the smart play against the spread as well in this game, given it’s only two baskets. Philadelphia has now covered in three of their last four games against divisional opponents. You could certainly go either way here, but the 76ers appear to be the sharp play on Friday night.
UNDER 222.5 (-110) is the right play here as the Celtics won’t have their leading scorer on the floor. Both defenses are allowing just over 110 points per game and we know these divisional games can tend to be a bit of a slugfest. Take the Under here as both teams could struggle to score more than 110 points.
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