Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics NBA Betting Analysis, Picks
The Philadelphia 76ers (15-15) and Boston Celtics (15-15) will square off in an Eastern Conference matchup on Monday night at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. EST.
The Celtics have gone 5-5 over their past ten contests, including a recent victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday.
The 76ers have not played since Thursday when they were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets. They are also 5-5 over their past ten games.
Not only do these teams have the same record in their past ten affairs, but they also have identical overall records and are tied for seventh place in the East. They have been oddly similar so far during the 2021-2022 NBA season without question. We should be in store for a highly competitive game in this one.
Betting Analysis for Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics NBA
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Stats & Analysis
The 76ers have been hit hard by injuries seemingly all year long. Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and other key players have already missed time this season. With Ben Simmons not expected to be back anytime soon, they have had to utilize any healthy possibilities that they have.
The Sixers had to postpone their last scheduled game against New Orleans because of a covid outbreak amongst the team. However, they are hopeful to play against the Celtics on Monday. But they will be undermanned even if they are able to play.
This does not bode well for a team that has dealt with their struggles this season, even with a healthy roster.
The Sixers rank 20th in points per game, 30th in rebounds per game, and 24th in assists per game. They fail to score points at any form of impressive rate since they struggle to crash the glass and find open teammates for shots.
But why are they faltering so mightily in these statistical departments?
Other than the center duo of Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond, the team does not have any other tremendous rebounders. Embiid has averaged 10.9 boards per game while Drummond has posted a rebounds per game average of 9.3 this year. Tobias Harris has been solid as well, with 7.7 rebounds per game.
But nobody else in the team is grabbing more than three and a half rebounds per contest.
In terms of assists, the lackluster numbers are a product of Ben Simmons not playing. Simmons led the team last season with 6.9 dimes per game and is one of the better passers in the league. This year, nobody on the team has more than five assists per contest.
The 76ers will need to improve in these categories as the season progresses.
Boston Celtics Betting Stats & Analysis
The Boston Celtics are led by superstars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Dynamic, star-studded duos often lead to unstoppable teams in the NBA, but the Celtics have featured a number of weaknesses this year.
The main problem has been offensive efficiency. Boston ranks 22nd in both field goal and three-point percentage.
Much of this is due to how the offense tends to operate. There are a number of isolation plays run between Tatum and Brown, which led to the players needing to create their own shot. While this may lead to a couple of highlight-reel baskets, it also leads to a plethora of misses.
All of the errant shots have been confident killers for this Boston team. They need to develop efficiency at the scoring end before it is too late.
The Celtics also rank just 20th in assists per game. This is understandable since isolations are not going to provide teams with a high amount of assist opportunities. Perhaps they would be better suited to try passing the ball around more and looking to get teammates open looks at the basket.
With all of this being said, I believe credit should be given to Jayston Tatum. The star has averaged 26.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and has carried the Celtics on his back for much of the season, even when Jaylen Brown was dealing with an injury.
Look for Tatum to play a big role in Monday night’s contest.
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics NBA Betting Trends
The Celtics are 15-3-2 ATS so far this season. Boston is 6-6-1 ATS as the home team.
They are 10-7 ATS as a favorite. However, they are 5-6 ATS as a home favorite.
The 76ers are 13-17 ATS so far this year. Philadelphia is 9-8 ATS on the road.
They are 8-8 ATS as an underdog. But the Sixers are 6-4 ATS as an away favorite.
Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics NBA Betting Odds
Yahoo Sports favors the Celtics to win this game. However, the official odds have not been released yet.
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The Celtics should be in line for a win against an injury and covid riddled 76ers team at home. Even with everything going on in the NBA right now, I believe this game will be exciting throughout.
But in the end, the Celtics have the better health and hold the advantage in overall star power. One thing to note is that Jayson Tatum is dealing with a tweaked ankle and is questionable for Monday. Expect a big game from Tatum if he is deemed good to go for Monday’s action.
Roll with the Celtics in this game.
OBS Betting Picks for Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics NBA
Take the Boston Celtics -3.5.
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