The Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Philadelphia 76ers face the recently-declining No. 8 seed Boston Celtics in a game that brings back memories of the 2019-20 NBA playoffs that took place in the bubble. The Sixers were swept by the Celtics in the playoffs, but this time around, the latter looks to secure their third-straight win after back-to-back victories in the first half of the regular season. They now travel to Boston to finish their third and final match this season.
In the past few years, the rivalry between the two teams has been growing stronger and stronger. With that, NitroBetting news keeps you updated with the hottest basketball games, including this Sixers vs. Celtics bout. Be updated with the teams, odds, and expert betting predictions.
Sixers vs. Celtics Game Information
- When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: TD Garden, Boston
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: WENJ 97.3 ESPN (Sixers), 98.5 The Sports Hub – 98.5 FM (Celtics)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Sixers – 1.0 / OU: 222.0
Why Bet on the Sixers?
The Sixers are coming off a loss against the Grizzlies. This puts them side-by-side with the Brooklyn Nets on the standings at 34-16. This is crunch time for the team to secure a good position in the playoffs, so expect a hard-fought batter coming your way against the Celtics this Tuesday.
With Joel Embiid temporarily out of the picture, the Sixers have to make several adjustments to their lineup. Dwight Howard and Mike Scott are seen on the floor more often to cover for the size left behind by Embiid. Meanwhile, more scoring load is added to Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons. Having a deep bench gives the Sixers more versatility, and Danny Green is someone who adds more strength to the team’s core. Along with Seth Curry who is impressive beyond the arc, we cannot discount their shooting capabilities, and this will pose a threat to any team they face.
Why Bet on the Celtics?
The Celtics have gone from rags to riches to rags this season, dropping down to 8th seed. They are having difficulties finding the right rhythm, which explains the erratic movement in the Eastern Conference standings. This time around, they secured a 2-game winning streak, which they hope to extend in this upcoming Sixers vs. Celtics bout.
Of course, it’s the Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum, and Marcus Smart trio that leads the charge. Their recent performance against the Hornets shows a good flow of unselfish basketball. Working alongside the trio is point guard Kemba Walker, whose services are greatly appreciated throughout the second half of the regular season. Filling in the big man spot of the team is Robert Williams, who recently recorded 16 points and eight rebounds to help with the 116-86 win.
Sixers vs. Celtics Betting Trends
- The Sixers are 5-5 against the spread in its last 10 games.
- The totals have gone under 7 times in the Sixers’ last 10 games.
- The Sixers are 7-3 in its last 10 road games.
- The Celtics are 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 games.
- The Celtics are 6-4 in its last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under 7 times in the Celtics’ last 10 games.
Sixers vs. Celtics Expert Betting Predictions
We anticipate quality shooting coming from the two teams. But without Joel Embiid, this can hold back the advantage of the Sixers. The power forward/center scored 38 points in their last meeting to help the Sixers win the game. However, Jayson Tatum shooting at 45.3 percent and averaging 25.2 points per game, and Jaylen Brown writing down 3.7 3-pointers and 21 points in the last 10 games for the Celtics can cause problems. Injuries might hold back the Sixers from creating a sizable lead, so expect this one to have a tight scoreline throughout the game.
Covering the spread shouldn’t be a problem for the Celtics, and a surprise win is not off the table. However, if everything falls into place for the Sixers, they are expected to end their last meeting with the Celtics with a win.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.