Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 12/20/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics
Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBA TV
The Philadelphia 76ers (15-15) are traveling to TD Garden on Monday where they will go up against the Boston Celtics (15-15).
The 76ers faced off with the Nets and took a loss by a score of 114-105 in their last contest. Philadelphia walked away from the game with a 43.8% field goal percentage (39 out of 89) and converted 10 out of their 34 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the 76ers made 17 of 20 tries for a percentage of 85.0%. With respect to getting rebounds, they collected 38 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 19 assists for this game in addition to creating 3 turnovers and earning 10 steals. Pertaining to defense, Philadelphia let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the field on 44 of 89 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 48 assists and had 21 steals for this game. On top of that, Brooklyn totaled 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Brooklyn finished the contest at 93.8% when shooting free throws by converting 15 of their 16 tries. They converted 11 out of their 23 shots from three-point range. With respect to personal fouls, the 76ers ended up walking away with 22 while the Nets had 14 personal fouls.
Joel Embiid is one guy who played a role for the game. Embiid finished shooting 55.0% from the floor and distributed 6 dimes. He played for 33 mins and also snagged 9 rebounds. He recorded 32 points on 11 of 20 shooting.
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Philadelphia heads into this one with a win-loss record of 15-15 for the year. They are averaging 105.6 pts per contest (24th in the league) while going 45.7% from the field. The 76ers are shooting 34.6% from downtown (332 of 959) and 81.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Philadelphia is pulling in 41.8 boards per game and has accounted for 672 assists on the year, which is 21st in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 12.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.1 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the 76ers are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. They are 17th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 705 conceded on the campaign. The 76ers defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.3% (1,187 of 2,620) and they concede 46.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are surrendering 35.8% on three-point shots while they are 13th in the NBA in opponents PPG (106.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Celtics went home victorious with a score of 114-107 against the Knicks. The Celtics pulled down 33 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Knicks earned 14 fouls for the matchup which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 17 shots. They were able to bury 13 of those for a rate of 76.5%. Regarding 3-point shots, Boston converted 17 out of their 45 tries (37.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Celtics shot 42 for 89 from the field which had them shooting 47.2%. The Celtics permitted the Knicks to bury 35 of 80 tries from the field which had them shooting 43.8% in this game. They shot 36.1% from distance by connecting on 13 out of 36 and finished the game at 24 of 30 from the free throw line (80.0%). In relation to rebounding, Boston allowed New York to snag 34 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Josh Richardson was important for the Celtics in the game. Richardson earned 27 points in his 32 mins of playing time and accumulated 4 dimes for this contest. He made 9 of 14 in this matchup giving him a rate of 64.3%, and had 5 rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss mark of 15-15 on the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Celtics are hitting on 44.4% from the floor, which ranks 22nd in the league. Boston has accounted for 3,254 pts on the year (108.5 per contest) and they grab 45.7 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 22.8 times per contest (20th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 13.9 times per contest. The Celtics commit 18.8 personal fouls per game and they go 80.9% from the free throw line.
The Boston defense concedes 34.3% on 3-point shots (377 of 1,099) and opponents are making 79.2% of their foul shots. They have given up 21.9 dimes and 45.7 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 4th and 18th in the league. The Celtics defensively are ranked 15th in the league in PPG allowed with 107.3. They are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.2% from the field (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia
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