NBA Betting Odds and Predictions: Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
Tuesday, 3/5/13, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  TNT
Opening Point Spread:  Boston PK
Current Betting Line:  Boston -2
Opening Total:  185
Current Total:  183
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Philadelphia 76ers are 4-1 ATS as home underdogs of three points or less

The Philadelphia 76ers are 4-1 ATS as home underdogs of three points or less

Boston has won back-to-back games, including a 94-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors as four-point home favorites last Friday, while going UNDER the posted total of 197.  “Every game is important from here on out because it could mean the difference between the eighth seed and the fourth seed,” commented Celtics forward Paul Pierce.  The Celtics are 10-18 overall on the road this season, including an 8-10 mark when taking on Eastern Conference opponents.  Boston is 10-7 ATS when playing on three or more days rest the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 9-8 in that situation.

The Celtics have dropped six of their last seven road games versus the 76ers, which can’t be ignored when making your NBA expert picks Tuesday night.  Boston has averaged 86.0 points and hit 28.3 percent of its shots from the 3-point area in those seven affairs.  Pierce leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game, while center Kevin Garnett is behind him at 14.9.

Philadelphia has dropped eight of its last 10 games, including a 90-87 setback to the Washington Wizards as six-point road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests.  “I really feel like we do fight and come to play every single game,” stated 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday.  Over the past six games, Holiday is averaging 20.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting, while also managing to knock down 41.7 percent of his 3-point shots in his last nine affairs.  Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS as home underdogs of three points or less this season, with the OVER going 3-2 in that situation.

The 76ers are looking to win consecutive season series for the first time since 1998-99 through 2001-02, while they’ve won five of the last eight meetings overall.  Philadelphia has won consecutive games just once since the start of December, which has led to it trailing the Milwaukee Bucks by 6.5 games for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Sports bettors will likely back the 76ers due to the home team being 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, while the Celtics are 3-7-1 ATS versus conference foes.

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