76ers vs. Celtics Betting Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Back Boston With Kemba Walker Out?

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Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Josh Richardson (0) of the Philadelphia 76ers and Jaylen Brown (7) of the Boston Celtics.

76ers at Celtics Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions

  • Spread: 76ers -1.5
  • Over/Under: 212.5
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: ABC

Odds as of Saturday morning and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.


No Kemba Walker for the Celtics, but the stars will still be out tonight in Boston for this potential Eastern Conference playoff showdown.

What’s a fair line with Kemba out and Joel Embiid back for Philly? Our experts discuss that and more below.

Betting Trend to Know

The Sixers this season are 13-9-2 against the spread (ATS) at home but just 8-16-1 on the road. On the road against good teams (60% win rate or better), they’re just 2-7-1. The Celtics, meanwhile, are 14-9-1 ATS at home, and they’re 8-5 overall in one-possession spreads.

Bryan Mears: How I’m Betting Tonight’s Game

So far bettors have slammed the 76ers, who are getting just 22% of the bets but 56% of the money wagered. We’ve tracked multiple steam moves on Philly.

That said, a bunch of that action came earlier when Kemba Walker was ruled out. He’s been quite important to this team, especially on the offensive end. While he has a neutral on/off differential this season, the offense has been 9.9 points per 100 possessions better with him vs. not. He’s increased their eFG% by 5.4% — both of those marks are just about the best in the league.

A lot of that is because he’s generated better shots for the offense: The Celtics have taken 4.1% more 3s with him operating. They’ve hit 6.3% more of them — that math really adds him in terms of volume and efficiency.

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