Two of the NBA’s best offenses clash on Wednesday, March 20 as the Celtics (43-28, 17-17 away) and 76ers (45-25, 28-9 home) try to outscore one another in Philadelphia. Tip off time for this must-see game is 7:00 p.m. EST at Wells Fargo Center.
Both teams have been creating plenty of buzz – and plenty of points – this year with their high-octane attacks. Philadelphia is averaging 115.1 points on 44.0 shooting from the field and 36.0% from downtown. They’re fourth in rebounds and fourth in assists. The 76ers have been paced this season by Joel Embiid, who is averaging 27.3 points per game on 45.0% shooting.
The Celtics have been scoring at a pretty decent clip themselves. Boston is averaging 112.7 points on 44.0% shooting from the floor and 36.0% from beyond the arc. They rank 21st in rebounds and sixth in assists. The Celtics owe many of their wins this season to Kyrie Irving, who is putting up 23.7 points per contest.
Even if Boston’s offense falters, their defense is good enough to keep them in any game. The Celtics only allow 107.6 points per game, and are holding opposing teams to 45.0% from the field and 34.0% from downtown. Boston grits out 15 turnovers per game and is 21st in the league in rebounding.
These two teams have faced one another three times this season, with the Celtics winning on three occasions. The last time they played on February 13th, 2019, Boston won 112- 109 behind 26 points from Gordon Hayward.
Sportsbooks have us excited for this one, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 226, with the 76ers opening as 2.5-point favorites. Boston is 34-36-1 against the spread this year and 39-32-0 over/under, compared to 33-37-0 ATS and 34-36-0 over/under for Philadelphia.