Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks and Predictions

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Philadelphia at Boston, NBA Sports betting
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 30, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN Philadelphia, NBCSN Boston
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
501 Philadelphia 76ers +8½ -115  +290 Ov 211½ -120
502 Boston Celtics -8½ -105  -350 Un 211½ +100
 

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Thursday when the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics meet at TD Garden.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (12-8): Point guard Ben Simmons showed no ill effects of a sprained ankle in a 31-point, 18-rebound performance versus the Wizards, but his final line could’ve been much more impressive if not for his 15-for-29 effort from the foul line. The Wizards chose to send the 21-year-old to the line repeatedly down the stretch in an effort to extend the game, and other opponents may employ a similar strategy until Simmons makes them think twice. “I never want to come out of that situation,” Simmons, who is making 55.4 percent of his free throws, told reporters. “I’m not scared to shoot free throws.”

ABOUT THE CELTICS (18-4): Detroit’s 118 points represents a season high for an opponent against Boston, and the top scoring defense in the NBA (96.8 points) feels the problem existed above the shoulders. “We weren’t as connected as we usually are on defense as a group, and we had our times, but more often than not, we weren’t mentally,” Horford said. “Against that team, you have to be mentally engaged at all times, because if not, they’ll make you look bad, and they did.” The one bright spot in the loss was a 23-point effort from Marcus Smart, who is 15-for-21 in his last two games after shooting 26.5 percent over his first 18 contests.

Oddsmakers opened the Celtics as -9-point favorites versus the 76ers, while the game’s total opened at 210.

The Boston Celtics began a long homestand with a thud but will try to bounce back from the rare loss when they host the rival Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Three contests after their 16-game winning streak came to an end, the Celtics’ eight-game run at home was halted with Monday’s 118-108 loss to Detroit, which kicked off their five-game stretch at TD Garden.

Boston was 12-for-21 from the foul line and coughed up the ball 17 times, matching its highest total since it committed 19 turnovers at Philadelphia on Oct. 20. “We had a chance to win, but we had too many mistakes,” center Al Horford told reporters after he and the rest of the Celtics’ frontcourt allowed Detroit’s Andre Drummond to go off for 26 points and 22 rebounds. Philadelphia’s star center, Joel Embiid, produced 25 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday’s 118-113 home win over Washington but reportedly will sit out the second half of the team’s back-to-back contests. Former Celtic Amir Johnson could see an uptick in minutes with Embiid absent, while point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful after leaving with a shoulder injury against the Wizards.

Boston lost its last outing, a 118-108 result against the Pistons on November 27. The Celtics failed to cover in that game as a -6-point favorite, while the 226 combined points took the game OVER the total.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 118-113 winner at home against the Wizards. They failed to cover the -7.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (231) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

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Philadelphia:
Team record: 12-8 SU,14-6 ATS
Philadelphia is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia’s last 15 games

Boston:
Team record: 18-4 SU,17-4-1 ATS
Boston is 16-3-1 ATS in its last 20 games
Boston is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Detroit Saturday, December 2
Boston home to Phoenix Saturday, December 2

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. Celtics PG Kyrie Irving is averaging 18.4 points on 40 percent shooting at home, compared to 26 on 52.2 percent on the road.

2. After hitting 16-of-34 3-pointers in a 130-point effort in a win over Orlando, Philadelphia is a woeful 6-for-46 over its last two games.

3. Boston has won six straight meetings at home.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Boston Celtics will cover the spread at -9 and the game will stay under 211½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Celtics 107, 76ers 98 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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