Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
TD Garden is the location where the Boston Celtics will attempt to beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
The 76ers stepped onto the hardwood against the Knicks and took a loss by a score of 108-97 in their last contest. Philadelphia wrapped up the game having earned a 40.5% FG percentage (30 of 74) and made 7 out of their 25 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the 76ers knocked down 30 of their 36 shots for a percentage of 83.3%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they earned 44 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 23 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 4 steals. When it comes to defense, Philadelphia allowed the other team to shoot 43.0% from the field on 34 out of 79 shooting. New York dished out 21 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. Moreover, New York totaled 49 boards (14 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 4 rejections. New York ended up shooting 71.8% from the free throw line by making 28 of their 39 tries. They also made 12 of their 36 tries from downtown. Concerning personal fouls, the 76ers ended up finishing with 23 and the Knicks finished the game with 28 personal fouls.
Joel Embiid is a player who was important in this matchup. Embiid finished the game shooting 37.5% from the field and dished out 3 assists. He played 36 minutes played and totaled 14 rebounds. He accounted for 31 points on 6 out of 16 shooting.
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Philadelphia will enter this game with a mark of 34-18 on the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 20.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Philadelphia is snagging 40.7 boards per contest and has racked up 1,316 assists on the campaign, which ranks 19th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The 76ers are shooting 38.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (663 of 1,723) and 82.5% from the charity stripe. They average 114.6 points per game (14th in the NBA) while shooting 48.2% from the field.
When they are on defense, the 76ers are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 20.0 fouls. They are ranked 4th in the league in allowing assists with 1,247 relinquished for the campaign. The 76ers defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.2% (2,100 of 4,449) and they relinquish 42.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They relinquish 34.2% on shots from distance while they are 4th in the league in opponents points per game (110.9).
The last time they took the court, the Celtics took home the win by a final score of 111-99 against the Pistons. In the matter of how they attacked the glass, Boston permitted Detroit to snag 42 overall (9 offensive). They went 27.3% from three-point range by going 9 out of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 21 at the free throw line (76.2%). The Celtics permitted the Pistons to knock down 37 out of 87 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 42.5% for the game. Overall, the Celtics went 39 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.0%. In reference to three-point shots, Boston buried 16 out of 37 tries (43.2%). They were able to knock down 17 of the free throw tries for a rate of 81.0%. The Pistons committed 20 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for 21 attempts. They also turned it over 11 times, while recording 2 steals in the matchup. The Celtics collected 41 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 51 for the contest.
Jayson Tatum ended up being a factor for the Celtics for the matchup. Tatum racked up 34 points in his 39 minutes of playing time and had 6 assists for the matchup. He converted 11 of 24 in this game for a rate of 45.8%, and had 11 rebounds.
Boston has a record of 38-16 for the season. As an offensive unit, the Celtics are connecting on 47.3% from the floor, which ranks 15th in basketball. Boston has totaled 6,350 points for the campaign (117.6 per game) and they snag 45.0 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 26.2 times per contest (7th in the league) and they cough up possession 13.5 times per game. The Celtics are committing 18.9 personal fouls every game and they connect on 82.9% from the free throw line.
The Celtics on defense are ranked 6th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 111.6. They are forcing 12.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.5% from the floor (5th in the NBA). The Boston defense allows 35.1% on shots from distance (624 of 1,776) and opponents are knocking down 78.2% of their foul shots. They have allowed 22.7 dimes and 43.8 rebounds every game, which ranks them 2nd and 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia
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