Sunday, March 19, 2017
Wells Fargo Center
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The Boston Celtics head to Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, March 19, 2017. The opening line for this game has Boston as 5 point favorites.
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The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 44-25. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 2.5 as they are averaging 107.5 points per game while giving up 105.0 per contest. The 76ers have an overall record of 25-43. They currently are 4th in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 102.3 points per game and surrendering 107.6, good for a point differential of -5.3.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this game averaging 29.2 points per contest while playing 34.1 minutes per night so far this year for the Celtics. He pulls down 2.6 rebounds per contest and dishes out 6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is currently at 91%. Al Horford averages 14 points per game in 32.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.9 assists per contest and 6.7 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Jahlil Okafor averages 12.1 points per game while playing 23 minutes per contest this year for the 76ers. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per game and has 1.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 51% and his free throw percentage currently is at 67%. Robert Covington averages 12.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.4 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
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Boston averages 107.5 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 2.51 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 41.7 rebounds per game and 24.8 assists per game which ranks them 27th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 24th with 13.1 per game. The Celtics allow 105 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 10th and 2nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.7 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the league.
Philadelphia averages 102.3 points per game this year which ranks them 24th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -5.32 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 25th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They average 43 rebounds per game and 23.8 assists per contest which ranks them 22nd and 8th respectively. In the turnover department the 76ers rank 2nd with 16.9 per game. The 76ers allow 107.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 18th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.7 rebounds a game which ranks 25th and they give up 22.4 assists per contest which puts them in 12th place in the league. The 76ers force 15.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 26th in the NBA.
The Celtics have an offensive rating of 111 and a defensive rating of 108.4. In terms of pace they average 96.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 57% and they shoot 3 pointers on 39% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The 76ers rating on offense is 103 and they have a defensive rating of 108.3. They get 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 34% of their shot attempts. Philadelphia turns the ball over on 15.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.4 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 35-32-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 31-37-1 against the over/under
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Trends
The Philadelphia 76ers are 43-25-0 against the spread
The Philadelphia 76ers are 34-34-0 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
03/18/17 PG Isaiah Thomas Knee expected to miss Sunday vs. Philadelphia
Philadelphia 76ers Injuries
12/15/16 PG Jerryd Bayless Wrist out for season
10/25/16 C Tiago Splitter Hamstring out indefinitely
03/01/17 C Joel Embiid Knee out for season
02/24/17 F Ben Simmons Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Boston -5
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