Philadelphia 76ers (0-0) vs Boston Celtics (0-0)Date : 10/16/2018
Time : 8:10 PM ET
Location : TD Garden
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics
The Celtics welcome the 76ers to TD Garden to open up the NBA regular season, this will be a rematch of the Eastern Conference semis where the Celtics were able to come up on top. The Celtics are back in full strength while the 76ers are looking to build on a remarkable postseason run with their roster full of young talent.
Philadelphia 76ers's Latest Performance :
The 76ers can only get better after what they have done last season. Brett Brown will look to utilize his young lineup to compete against the savvy C’s. The Sixers are a team made for the future with already one year playing to together under their belt the team chemistry is better than last season. The Sixers could be one of the Eastern Conference surprises of the season but that depending on Emiid growth and how durable he is throughout the season. Embiid has now scored 20+ points in each preseason game and has been bullying opposing centers down low, but if there’s any bad news, it’s that he’s now shooting a combined 2-of-18 from beyond the arc through four games. Once he finds his shooting touch again the NBA should look out.
Player to watch: Markelle Fultz, after a good showing in the preseason the second year man from Washington will look to surprise everyone with his revamped jump shot. He has been solid with the ball in his hands for the Sixers and starting to look more and more comfortable everytime he runs the offense. He should have a great game against the Celtics in the season opener.
Boston Celtics 's Latest Performance :
The Celtics are back and ready to go for the regular season, they will be welcoming back Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving back into the starting lineup. The Celtics ended their preseason with a record of 2-2. The Celtics last season ended the year one win shy of making the NBA Finals. Some say if the Celtics had a full team they would have beaten that Cavs team no problem. Although every cloud has a silver lining with their two stars out with an injury we were able to witness Jason Tatum growth and maturity level. He is too good to be put on the bench so I expect him to be starting alongside Kyrie and Gordon. With LeBron heading out West this could be the year that the Celtics will be able to represent the East. Playing against the 76ers in their first game should be interesting because Emiid will be playing with a chip on his shoulder so the Celtics will have to rely on Horford to limit Emiid points production early.
With Kyrie back starting at point guard what happens to Terry Rozier. Danny Ainge believes the talks will continue up until the opening-night deadline, but it doesn’t sound like an extension is likely. Rozier established himself as a starter-level point guard last season and it’s going to be interesting to see how the Celtics handle his workload with Kyrie Irving back at full strength.
Player to watch: Gordon Hayward, all eyes will be on Hayward after what happened to him last year, hope it all goes well because we all want him to succeed. He should be on restricted minutes on his first game back with the team. It will be great for the NBA to see Gordon back on the floor.
How Philadelphia 76ers & Boston Celtics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic.
76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
The Celtics should be able to take this game at home against the 76ers in their regular season opener. Kyrie Irving will return to his normal self by putting up buckets left and right. He is going to be huge for the C’s in his second season with the team. Hayward will be playing inspired basketball so I expect him to put up decent numbers in his first game back with the team. Emiid will play well but he won’t be able to beat out the Celtics all by himself. The Sixers will be able to learn from this experience as they will look to grow stronger as a team going forward.
The Celtics to beat out the 76ers at home in the regular season opener.
Betting trends for Philadelphia 76ers:
- 76ers are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics :
- Celtics are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games.