Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Preview and Betting Tips
December 25, 2018
- Philly as underdogs in head-to-head betting @2.55 with Unibet T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
- Simmons to grab a double-double @1.38 with PointsBet T&Cs apply Visit T&Cs Apply
Sixers Lay Down Challenge
Sixers coach (and former NBL coach) Brett Brown said earlier this week that his team has “the best starting five in the game”. That starting five, which includes Aussie star Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Jimmy Butler, has propelled the Sixers to a 22-12 win-loss record and equal third in the East. Boston, who were pre-season betting favourites to win the East, are two games back with a 19-13 record.
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12:00pm/et: Bucks/Knicks (ESPN)
3:00pm/et: Thunder/Rockets (ABC)
5:30pm/et: Sixers/Celtics (ABC)
8:00pm/et: Lakers/Warriors (ESPN/ABC)
10:30pm/et: Blazers/Jazz (ESPN) pic.twitter.com/UmDm57PmDY
Both teams come into this game with strange form lines. The Sixers have won four in a row including a home thrashing of the top-ranked Toronto Raptors, but prior to that they lost at home to the bottom-ranked Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics had won eight straight through to mid-December before dropping three in a row, one of them at home to the lowly Phoenix Suns. While this match is tough to call, Philly are great value as underdogs with Unibet paying 2.55 in head-to-head betting.
Best Team and Player Betting Odds
Simmons starred in Monday’s victory over the Raptors, racking up 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists from 34 minutes. PointsBet has the Aussie at 1.38 to grab a double-double, something he’s done in six of the last 10 matches, and 4.75 for a triple-double. Another interesting market is most points, where Embiid (26.4 ppg) starts a 2.10 favourite ahead of Boston’s Kyrie Irving (22.7 ppg), who is 2.80.
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12:00pm/et: MIL/NYK (ESPN)
3:00pm/et: OKC/HOU (ABC)
5:30pm/et: PHI/BOS (ABC)
8:00pm/et: LAL/GSW (ABC/ESPN)
10:30pm/et: POR/UTA (ESPN)
The Sixers are averaging 114.6 ppg to Boston’s 111.3 this season, and also lead in most other categories including field goal percentage, rebounds, assists, and blocks. Given the high-scoring nature of the NBA this season, we like PointsBet’s offer of 2.30 for both teams to score 110+ points.