76ers-Celtics Christmas Betting Guide: Will Boston Keep Covering Against Philly?

Dec 25, 2018 12:55 PM EST

Photo credits: USAToday Sports. Pictured: Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving

Betting odds: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

  • Spread: Celtics -5
  • Over/Under: 223.5
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC

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The 22-12 Philadelphia 76ers will visit the 19-13 Boston Celtics in Christmas Day’s third game of the slate. The Celtics have been hot offensively over the past month, but will they keep it up against the defensive talent of Philly? Does that mean there’s value on the over/under? Our analysts discuss.

Notable Injuries

  • Philadelphia 76ers: Wilson Chandler (quad) is questionable to play.
  • Boston Celtics: Aron Baynes (hand) remains out.

Notable Stats

Betting Trends to Know

Since 2005, unders on Christmas Day are 35-20-1 (64%), and the under is 26-9 (74%) in games played before 6 p.m. ET. Games that are played in the afternoon disrupt the usual schedules and routines of players, which can result in lower-scoring games. — John Ewing

Over the last two seasons, including the playoffs, Brad Stevens and the Celtics have faced the Sixers 10 times. Boston is 8-2 straight-up and against-the-spread in those, covering by 6.5 PPG, making Philly Stevens’ most-profitable opponent over that span (+5.7 units).

Did You Know? For the second time in Celtics franchise history, Boston will host a home game on Christmas Day. Last year they did it for the first time, losing 111-103 as 3.5-point favorites — the same spread this Christmas against the Sixers. — Evan Abrams