The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to the TD Garden on Tuesday night to take on the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference showdown. This will be the third and final matchup between these teams as the 76ers have won the previous two, including a 122-110 road win back on Jan 22. The Philadelphia 76ers are 34-16 and are first in the Eastern Conference. They are coming off a 116-100 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. The Boston Celtics are 25-25 and are eighth in the Eastern Conference. They are riding a two-game winning streak after defeating the Charlotte Hornets 116-86 on Sunday.
These teams are similar statistically on both sides of the floor so it will be interesting to see which team can go on a run and take control. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
The Toby ShowPhiladelphia 76ers power forward Tobias Harris has been doing well this season, especially with Joel Embiid missing some time due to injury as of late. He is averaging 20.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.9 steals in 33.4 minutes per game. He has improved his shooting as he has a 52.5 percent from the floor, 40.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 89.9 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Grizzlies, he played 27 minutes and finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and a block. He should continue to improve and if he does, the 76ers have a chance to be a contender for the NBA Championship.
The Philadelphia 76ers are an average team on the defensive side this year as they are allowing 109.3 points per game, which is seventh in the league. In their last game against the Memphis Grizzlies, they gave up 116 points on 44-of-89 (49.4 percent) from the floor, 16-of-38 (42.1percent) from beyond the arc, and 15 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to defend some open shots, they will be closer to their averages defensively.
Tatum Bouncing BackSmall forward Jayson Tatum has been leading the offense for the Boston Celtics so far this season. He is averaging 25.2 points, seven rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 35.4 minutes on the court. He is shooting around his career numbers as he is 45.3 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent from the three-point line, and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Hornets, Tatum played 28 minutes and finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. If he can figure out how to be a little more passive without cutting the scoring, he will be solid.
The Boston Celtics have an above-average defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 110.6 points per game, which is 10th in the NBA. In their last game against the Charlotte Hornets, they allowed 86 points on 32-of-80 (40 percent) from the floor, 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 20 free-throws. If they can defend without fouling, they can continue their winning streak here.
Trends found on Covers.com
- Boston: 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games as a home underdog
- Boston: 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
- Philadelphia: 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
- Philadelphia: 17-36-3 ATS in their last 56 road games