76ers vs. Celtics Sharp Betting Pick (Dec. 12): How Pros Are Betting the Spread in Boston

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  • One of the biggest NBA games of the night is also the one drawing the most sharp action.
  • The tools at The Action Network reveal how pros are betting 76ers vs. Celtics (8 p.m. ET, TNT).

A four-game win streak was snapped last night for the Celtics in Indiana, and things aren’t getting any easier tonight. Though they do return home, they’ll face the Sixers, who are on a three-game streak of their own … and not playing on the second day of a back-to-back.

Oddsmakers still like the C’s chances in this game — or at least they did when they first opened betting lines. Most books set Boston as a 1.5-point favorite when spreads were released, but that number is long gone.

Odds as of Thursday at 1:45 p.m. ET and via DraftKings, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

76ers vs. Celtics Sharp Betting Pick

8 p.m. ET | TNT

It’s not just oddsmakers that favored the Celtics here. Perhaps because of their superior record and home-court advantage (they’ve yet to lose at TD Garden), 58% of bettors are riding the C’s in this game.

Sharps, however, don’t seem to be among them.

That majority backing has driven just 30% of the money being wagered on this spread, meaning bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are taking a liking to the Sixers.

That implication has been confirmed by the betting market activity tracked with Sports Insights’ Bet Signals. They’ve triggered four separate instances of sharp action hitting Philly’s spread (granted, three were at the opening number), causing oddsmakers to reevaluate this line.

As a result the Sixers jumped the fence to 2-point favorites.

It’s worth noting that the move to -2 occurred before Gordon Hayward’s status was upgraded to probable. Hayward was whacked in the face in last night’s game, and it was unclear whether he’d be good to go tonight.

With the news breaking around 1 p.m. ET, the line settled back to Sixers -1.5.

Sharp angle: 76ers (moved from +1.5 to -1.5)

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