Christmas is usually a time for merriment and togetherness, but there will be no love lost tonight as the Celtics (19-13, 10-5 home) host the 76ers (22-12, 6-9 away) at 5:30 p.m. EST at TD Garden.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on October 17th, 2018, Boston clobbered Philly 105-87 behind 23 points from Jayson Tatum. The Celtics held the Sixers to 19% from beyond the arc and forced 16 turnovers. Joel Embiid was the top man for Philadelphia with 23 points.
— NBA (@NBA) October 17, 2018
The Celtics Are Slim Favorites
The Celtics began the day as 3.5-point favorites for this contest, with a projected point total of 223. You can visit one of our most trusted sportsbooks to make a wager today. Philadelphia is 16-18-0 against the spread this season and 20-14-0 over/under. Boston, meanwhile, is 16-16-0 ATS and 19-13-0 over/under.
Philadelphia enters the game ranked 12th in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 111.7 points per contest and are limiting opposing teams to 44.6% from the floor and 34.1% from downtown. Offensively, they’re averaging 114.6 points and are sixth in rebounds and third in assists.
— NBA (@NBA) December 23, 2018
They’ve been lead by Embiid, who’s averaging 26.4 points and 13.2 rebounds per game and has been a beast on both ends of the court. The 24-yeard-old Cameroonian center has already scored 30 or more points in a game 15 times this season.
On the flip side, Boston ranks 13th in offensive rating after struggling to put points on the board during the first quarter of the season. The Celtics are averaging 111.3 points per game on 45.3% shooting and are 11th in rebounds and eighth in assists.
Defensively, they’re giving up a paltry 104.8 points per game and are 28th in field goals allowed and third in three-pointers allowed.
The returns of Al Horford and Marcus Morris helped us get back in the win column Sunday night, as we took down the Hornets, 119-103. pic.twitter.com/lSoy8mZCLX
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 24, 2018
Defence has been Boston’s saving grace and they should give Philly all they can handle now that Al Horford and Marcus Morris are both back after brief absences.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Statistical Comparison
|110.4 (11th)||Offensive Rating||109.7 (13th)|
|114.6 (6th)||Points||111.3 (13th)|
|26.9 (3rd)||Assists||25.2 (8th)|
|46.9 (10th)||Field-Goal Percentage||45.3 (20th)|
|35.2 (14th)||Three-Point Percentage||36.0 (8th)|
|+2.8 (8th)||Plus/Minus||+6.6 (3rd)|
|107.6 (12th)||Defensive Rating||103.5 (3rd)|
|111.7 (23rd)||Points||104.8 (4th)|
|44.6 (6th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.1 (4th)|
|34.1 (7th)||Three-Point Percentage||32.8 (3rd)|
|49.1 (18th)||Points In The Paint||44.7 (5th)|
Both clubs have been busy lately. The Celtics are fresh off of a dominant 119-103 win against the Hornets in Charlotte in which they were 13 for 39 from deep and won the war on the glass 56-49.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 24, 2018
The 76ers, meanwhile, are fresh off a 126-101 dismantling of the Raptors in Philadelphia in which they handed out 33 dimes and had 10 swipes. Embiid torched the Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors for 27 points.
All told, the 76ers have won six of their last 10 games and are fourth in the Eastern Conference, while the Celtics have won seven of their last ten and are fifth in the Eastern Conference. This should be a fascinating test for both teams as they gear up for the second half of the season.