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Celtics vs. 76ers Betting Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions: Can Ben Simmons Step Up in Joel Embiid’s Absence?


Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Ben Simmons (25) of the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • The Boston Celtics (25-10) are 1.5-point dogs on the road and will face the Philadelphia 76ers (24-14) on Thursday with the over/under at 218.
  • Which side should you be betting in this Thursday night NBA showdown (7 p.m. ET on TNT)? Our experts analyze the updated odds and give their picks.

Celtics at 76ers Picks, Betting Odds & Predictions

  • Spread: 76ers -1.5
  • Over/Under: 218
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

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While we’re a bit unlucky to have Joel Embiid sit out this national TV game vs. the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers are still loaded enough for this matchup to live up to the hype. These two Eastern Conference titans will face off for the third time this season.

Will Philly make it 3-0 against the C’s tonight? Our crew previews how they are looking to be this matchup.

Betting Trend to Know

The Celtics are playing on the second night of a back-to-back. In the Brad Stevens era, Boston is 59-44-2 (57%) against the spread when playing on consecutive nights.

In games where the C’s are underdogs, like they are against the Sixers tonight, Boston improves to 41-18 (70%) ATS in the second game of a back-to-back. John Ewing

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I think your thoughts on this game comes down to your thoughts on the 76ers right now. They rebounded with a win last game against the Thunder at home after dropping four straight on the road.

That highlights their significant home/road splits this season:

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