The Boston Celtics (43-17) will take on the Philadelphia 76ers (39-19) at the Wells Fargo Center (ABC) on Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET. As a sports handicapper, we will provide our NBA picks and forecasts for this exciting matchup.
The Boston Celtics’ Danilo Gallinari remains out due to a knee injury, and he is expected to return during the team’s postseason run.
Meanwhile, Dewayne Dedmon is out for the 76ers with a hip injury.
We predict that the Philadelphia 76ers will win this game with a score of 118-114.
Our pick for the moneyline is the 76ers with odds of +100. We believe that the 76ers have an advantage over the Celtics, considering that Boston is travelling to Philadelphia after playing in overtime on Thursday in Indiana. Additionally, the 76ers have played their best basketball this season at home, with a 24-8 record, while the Celtics have a 19-10 road mark.
Against the Spread:
We suggest betting on the 76ers with a spread of +1.5 (-108). While the moneyline offers the Sixers superior odds, the spread might also be worth a wager. The 76ers have been on a roll lately, going 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall, 4-0 ATS in their last four games after giving up 100 points or more in their previous contest, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games when their opponent gets 100 points or more. Additionally, they have a 22-10 ATS mark at home this year. On the other hand, the Celtics have struggled in their previous ten encounters, with a record of 3-7 overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings with the 76ers in Philadelphia.
Our pick for the over/under is OVER 226.5 (-110). The Over is 5-0 in the last five games for the Celtics, 4-0 in their last four after giving up 100 points or more in their previous game, and 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent gives up 100 points or more in their previous game. Additionally, the Over was perfect in the last four meetings between these teams in Philly. Moreover, the Over is 4-0 in the 76ers’ last four home games versus a club with a winning road record.
In conclusion, the Philadelphia 76ers will win this game with a 118-114 final score. Our pick for the moneyline is the 76ers with odds of +100, and we suggest betting on the 76ers with a spread of +1.5 (-108). For the over/under, we recommend betting on OVER 226.5 (-110).
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