Two of the NBA’s hottest offenses clash tonight as the Celtics (35-21, 13-13 away) and 76ers (36-20, 23-6 home) try to one-up one another in Philadelphia. Tip off time for this must-see game is 8:00 p.m. EST at Wells Fargo Center.
Both clubs have been producing plenty of excitement – and plenty of points – this year with their high-octane attacks. Philadelphia is generating 115.9 points on 44.0 shooting from the floor and 36.0% from downtown. They’re sixth in rebounds and third in assists. The 76ers have been paced this year by Joel Embiid, who is putting up 27.4 points per game on 45.0% shooting.
The Celtics have been scoring at a pretty decent clip themselves. Boston is generating 112.9 points on 44.0% shooting from the floor and 37.0% from deep. They’re 15th in rebounds and sixth in dimes. The Celtics owe much of their success this season to Kyrie Irving, who is putting up 23.6 points per contest.
Even if Boston’s offense falters, their defense is good enough to keep them in any game. The Celtics only allow 106.5 points per game, and are limiting opposing teams to 45.0% from the field and 34.0% from beyond the arc. Boston uses its size and length to force 16 turnovers per game and is 15th in the league in rebounding.
These two teams have faced one another two times this season, with the Celtics winning on two occasions. The last time they played on December 25th, 2018, Boston won 121- 114 behind 40 points from Kyrie Irving.
Online sports betting sites are anticipating a lot of offense, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 226, with the 76ers opening as 5.0-point favorites. Boston is 28-28-0 against the spread this season and 33-23-0 over/under, compared to 27-29-0 ATS and 30-26-0 over/under for Philadelphia.