Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics – NBA April 6

76ers (34-16, 14-11 home) at Celtics (25-25, 15-9 road)

  • Time: 4:30PM PST – 6:30PM CST – 7:30PM EST
  • Place: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • TV: TNT | NBC Sports Philadelphia | NBC Sports Boston

Opening Tip

The 76ers embark on a four-game road trip as they are tied for first in the Eastern Conference with the Brooklyn Nets after a 116-100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.

Philadelphia has lost three out of five with the loss to the Grizzlies on Sunday. The transition from their six-game roadie and then that was the second game of a back-to-back may have come into play in the loss.

The Celtics have won two in a row and four out of six as they sit in seventh in the Eastern Conference, but are one game out of fourth place.

This is the last meeting between the Sixers and Celtics this season as Philadelphia won a back-to-back from the Celtics in mid-January.

Key Injuries

  • Philadelphia 76ersGeorge Hill (thumb) – Day to Day | Tyrese Maxey (health and safety protocols) Probable
  • Boston CelticsTristan Thompson (health and safety protocols) OUT

76ers:

  • The Sixers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 6 of the last 8 76ers games
  • The total has also gone UNDER in 6 of the Sixers’ last 7 road games

Celtics:

  • The C’s are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 contests
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games
  • The Celtics are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games against the 76ers

Last Time Out

Memphis scored 45 third-quarter points en route to a 116-100 win over the 76ers in Philadelphia. The Grizzlies lead ascended to as many as 27 at 88-61 late in the third quarter. Philadelphia has played 11 of the last 12 games without Joel Embiid who was recovering from a bone bruise in his left knee. He was back Saturday night in the win over Minnesota, but the Sixers elected to rest him on the second night of the back-to-back. Tobias Harris had 21 for Philadelphia.

The Celtics made 21 three-pointers and Jayson Tatum led them with 22 points and eight rebounds as Boston dropped Charlotte, 116-86. Evan Fournier had 17 points and Robert Williams scored 16 with 11 rebounds. Coach Brad Stevens lauded ball movement on offense and team defense as they keys in the last two Celtics’ wins.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
76ers -1.5 (-110) -118 O 222.5 (-115)
Celtics +1.5 (-110) -102 U 222.5 (-105)

Advantage, Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers LogoJoel Embiid should be a go tonight and it will be interesting to see how many minutes that coach Doc Rivers goes with as he played 29 minutes while scoring 24 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in the win over Minnesota. Embiid dominated the Celtics in the earlier two meetings as he scored 38 and 42 points while making 23-of-34 field goals and 31-of-36 free throws (combined). Getting Embiid back into a dominant role is a must for a Sixers playoff run. They’re not even close to a three-point shooting outfit as they take a low number of shots, but they still make 36.8 percent.

Key Sixers Stat

Playing off Embiid is a strength as Seth Curry (81) and Danny Green (129) are the top two three-point makers. Tobias Harris actually shoots a higher percentage from the floor than Embiid as he checks in at 56.2 percent.

X-Factor

Ben Simmons (15.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.2 apg) finds so many ways to contribute as, according to Stathead, he has 28 games where he has at least four assists and seven rebounds in the same game.

Advantage, Boston

Boston Celtics LogoFinding the connectivity is so important which is why playing and winning big against the Rockets and injured Hornets could kick-start a string for the Celtics. It has to start with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as the duo has combined for 68 games (33/35) of 20-points or over. Boston has to find that consistent third scorer who is likely Kemba Walker, but playing a four-guard lineup with Marcus Smart on the point makes the most sense because Smart has 18 games in leading Boston in assists while Walker has 13.

Key Celtics Stat:

Boston’s three-point game continues to thrive and the ball movement that Stevens talked about is a key in this part of the offense. Boston took 142 of 276 shots (51.6%) from three in their last three games. Adding Evan Fournier (39.8%-3) makes this an even more stealthy part of Boston’s team profile as he has made 11-of-16 triples in his last two games as a Celtic.

X-Factor:

Robert Williams hopes to continue moving forward as he set his career-high of 20 points by going 9-for-9 from the floor in the win over Houston. Williams also had nine boards and eight assists. He has averaged 13 points and 10.3 rebounds in his last four games.

Winner: Philadelphia (-1.5) 115, Boston 111

The Bets
Philadelphia 76ers -1.5
-110
Philadelphia 76ers
-118
OVER 222.5
-115
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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