The Philadelphia 76ers welcome the surging Boston Celtics into town on Friday night as they try and hold on to their lead in the Atlantic Division. Do not forget to check up to the minute betting lines at BetOnline sportsbook.
The 76ers come into today’s matchup with the Celtics with a record of 26-21 which puts them in first place in the division, just a ½ a game in front of the Celtics. The Sixers have excelled all year on the defensive end and still rank first in points per game defense only allowing 87.5 points per game for the season. They will need that stellar defense to come through in an extremely important game vs. Boston tonight. Philly is coming off of a stretch where they have lost 4 of the last 5, but a win on Friday at home is exactly what Philly may need to propel them forward for the playoff push in the Eastern Conference and secure the Atlantic Division.
With how poorly Boston has played given their lofty standards this year, they have played better as of late, and are probably shocked that they have a chance to take over first place tonight with a win. Just like the Sixers the lynchpin of the Celtics is a defense that just allows 90.6 points per game and ranks them third in the NBA in that category. The Celtics come in having won 3 of 5 games and have won back-to-back games vs. the Hawks and Bucks which both came on the road.
From a betting prospective the Sixers have been terrible t lately ATS as they are just 3-7 in their last 10. In their last 18 games is Philly the Celtics are an impressive 12-5-1 ATS.
When two of the top five defensive teams are playing each other you are expecting the total number to low. The number for this game however may be a little too low for our liking. So, we actually think the play is the over in this one. With the primetime lights of ESPN and the game being for first place we expect maximum effort and more points out of both clubs so bet the over when claiming sportsbook promo codes.