Wednesday, January 19, 2022

76ers vs. Celtics odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 20 prediction, best bets from model on 44-20 run

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics face off in an Atlantic Division matchup on Monday. Both teams enter with 15-15 records through the first 30 games of the 2021-22 season. Jayson Tatum (ankle), Romeo Langford (neck) and Dennis Schroder (illness) are questionable for Boston, with Al Horford (protocols), Juancho Hernangomez (protocols), Josh Richardson (protocols) and Grant Williams (protocols) ruled out. The Sixers will be without Shake Milton (protocols) and Andre Drummond (protocols), while Joel Embiid (ankle), Danny Green (hip) and Tyrese Maxey (quad) are among the questionable players in this matchup. 

Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Boston. Caesars Sportsbook lists Boston as a three-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 213.5 in the latest 76ers vs. Celtics odds. Before making any Celtics vs. 76ers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 9 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 44-20 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Sixers vs. Celtics and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Celtics vs. Sixers:

  • 76ers vs. Celtics spread: Celtics -3
  • 76ers vs. Celtics over-under: 213.5 points
  • 76ers vs. Celtics money line: Celtics -160, 76ers +140
  • PHL: The 76ers are 9-8 against the spread in away games
  • BOS: The Celtics are 6-6-1 against the spread in home games

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Why the 76ers can cover

Philadelphia has a favorable defensive matchup in this game. The Sixers are No. 2 in the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 5.9 per game, and Philadelphia is above-average in free-throw prevention. Opponents are attempting only 19.7 free throws per game against the 76ers, and the Celtics are in the bottom 10 of the NBA in offensive efficiency. Boston is scoring only 1.08 points per possession, with the No. 22 mark in the NBA in field-goal percentage. 

On the opposite end, the 76ers are fantastic at the free-throw line, making 81.4 percent of attempts, and Philadelphia is No. 2 in the NBA in both turnover avoidance (12.5 per game) and points allowed off turnovers (14.4 per game). The Celtics are below-average in free throw prevention, with the 76ers able to potentially exploit that to create an advantage.

Why the Celtics can cover

The Celtics are notably strong in a few offensive categories, including top-five marks in free-throw volume (17.4 points per game at the line) and free-throw accuracy (80.9 percent). Boston is also very good in ball security, committing only 13.9 turnovers per game, and the Celtics are excellent on the defensive side. Boston is giving up fewer than 1.08 points per possession on defense this season, with top-10 marks in defensive rebound rate (73.7 percent) and second-chance points allowed (12.3 per game). 

The Celtics are in the top eight in field-goal percentage allowed (44.2 percent) and assists allowed (21.9 per game), with Boston excelling in walling off the paint and stopping transition opportunities for opponents. Philadelphia is last in the NBA in offensive rebound rate at 23.3 percent, with the 76ers sitting at No. 24 in the league in assists and No. 26 in the league in 3-pointers.

How to make Celtics vs. 76ers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 215 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins 76ers vs. Celtics? And which side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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