The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have positioned themselves well in the battle for Eastern Conference supremacy. The 76ers (36-20) are in fourth place in the East, just 5.5 games behind first-place Milwaukee and one game back of third-place Indiana. Meanwhile, the Celtics (35-21) are fifth in the NBA playoff bracket and 7-3 in their past 10 games. The Sixers and Celtics meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center, where Philadelphia is 23-6. The Sixers are 5.5-point favorites in the latest Celtics vs. 76ers odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 226. Before making any Celtics vs. 76ers picks of your own, you need to check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks this season. It entered Week 18 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 212-158 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 18 on a blistering 41-26 run. Anybody following it is way up.
Now the model has dialed in on Celtics vs. 76ers. We can tell you it is leaning over, but it has also generated an extremely strong pick against the spread that cashes in 70 percent of simulations. That one is available exclusively at SportsLine.
The model knows that since joining the 76ers at the trade deadline, forward Tobias Harris has already been a difference-maker. He poured in 14 points in a victory over Denver, the second-best team in the West, before adding 22 points in a rout of the Lakers. For the season, Harris is averaging 20.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, making an already-potent lineup much better. Philadelphia is third in the league in points scored (116 per game), fifth in rebounding (47 per game) and sixth in field goal percentage (47.4).
Big man Joel Embiid continues to impress, scoring 37 against the Lakers, the fifth 30-plus game he has had in the past 10. He is averaging a double-double at 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds. The 76ers are 16-13 against the spread at home, while the Celtics are 9-16-1 against the number on the road. Boston will be without its top scorer too, as guard Kyrie Irving will miss the game with a sprained knee.
But just because Philly has been playing well of late doesn’t guarantee it’ll cover the Sixers vs. Celtics spread Tuesday.
The model also knows the Celtics have won both meetings this season and dominated the series the past few years, winning 16 of the past 18 meetings. Despite Irving (23.6 points) being out, Boston still has enough firepower to make up for his loss. Five other Celtics are averaging at least 10 points, including forward Jayson Tatum (16.4), who has reached or surpassed his scoring average the past three games.
Who wins Celtics vs. Sixers? And which side of the spread can you bank on in 70 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Celtics vs. 76ers spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $4,000 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.
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