Two red-hot Eastern Conference teams are clashing today in London, UK, when the Philadelphia 76ers (19-19), face off the leaders of the East Boston Celtics (33-10), with both teams looking to extend their current extensive winning streaks.
Date/Time: 01-11-2018, 15:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers +2
Sixers have a 19-19 record (21-16-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 9th place of the East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Pistons with a 114-78 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.8 ppg, adding a team high 10.9 rebounds per game. He is followed by JJ Redick with 17.3 ppg, while the rookie Ben Simmons adds 16.9 ppg, 8.4 rebounds and a team high 7.5 assists per game.
Celtics have a 33-10 record (26-14-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the East. They have six consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Nets with an 87-85 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 24.1 ppg, adding 5 assists per game. He is followed by Jaylen Brown with 14.1 ppg and 5.7 rebounds, while Al Horford adds 13.4 ppg and team highs both in rebounding with 7.8 and in assists made, with 5.3 per game.
Celtics have won both previous meetings against the Sixers earlier this season (by 11 points at home and by 10 on the road). Sixers are 9-9 at home so far this season, while Celtics are 15-5 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 108.6 ppg to Celtics’ 102.7, while Celtics have the best defense in the league, allowing 97.6 ppg to Sixers’ 107.9. Sixers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.1% to Celtics’ 45%, while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.8% to Sixers’ 35.8%. Sixers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 47.8 to Celtics’ 44.5 and are third-best in assists made (26.2 to 22), while Celtics are better in turnovers committed (13.9 to 17.9). Both teams are coming in hot and Vegas odds give Celtics a -2 spread which they are expected to beat against the Sixers today.
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Boston Celtics -2 (-109)
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