Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics NBA Picks & Predictions 1/18/2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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The Philadelphia 76ers head to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics on Thursday, January 18, 2018. The opening line for this game has Boston as 6 point favorites.
The 76ers come into this game with an overall record of 20-20. They are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.4 as they are averaging 108.6 points per game while giving up 108.2 per contest. The Celtics have an overall mark of 34-11. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 103.2 points per contest and giving up 98.1, which is a point differential of 5.1.
Valuable Philadelphia 76ers Betting Trends
The Philadelphia 76ers are 22-18-0 against the spread
The Philadelphia 76ers are 22-18-0 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 27-16-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 22-22-1 against the over/under
Key Philadelphia 76ers Injuries
01/16/18 G J.J. Redick Leg is out indefinitely
01/15/18 PG Markelle Fultz Shoulder is out indefinitely
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
10/17/17 SF Gordon Hayward Ankle is out indefinitely
Ben Simmons comes into this game averaging 16.8 points per contest while playing 35.2 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 8 rebounds per contest and distributes 7.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is 56%. Joel Embiid averages 23.8 points per contest in 31.3 minutes per game this year. He averages 3.4 assists per game and 10.8 rebounds per contest for Philadelphia. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Jayson Tatum has scored 13.8 points per contest while playing 30.9 minutes per game this season for the Celtics. He hauls in 5.4 rebounds per contest and has 1.4 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Kyrie Irving averages 24.1 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 32.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.6 rebounds per game and 5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Philadelphia averages 108.6 points per contest this year, which is 7th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.45 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 11th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 20th in the NBA. They average 47.6 boards per contest and 26 assists per game, which ranks them 1st and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 1st with 18 per game. The 76ers allow 108.2 points per contest which is 23rd in the NBA. They also surrender a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 3rd in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.9 rebounds a game which ranks 15th, and they allow 21.1 assists per game which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston is 22nd in the NBA with 103.2 points per contest this season. They are 23rd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 5.09. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 9th in the league. They are 8th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.7 boards per contest and 19th in assists per game with 22.2. The Celtics are 21st in turnovers per contest with 14.1. The Celtics give up 98.1 points per game, which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 1st and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 20 dimes allowed per game and 24th with 44.1 boards surrendered per contest. The Celtics are 12th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.4 per contest this year.
The 76ers are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 106.3, and their offensive rating of 106.7 is ranked 25th. They are 2nd in the NBA in pace with 100.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 12th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA. Philadelphia is 1st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 29th in the NBA.
Boston is 19th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%, which is 30th in the league. The Celtics are 14th in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.2, and their defensive rating of 101.9 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 20th in the league with 95.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 15th. As a team they are 16th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's 76ers/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia +6
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