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NBA London Game 2018: Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Spread Picks

NBA London Game 2018: Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Spread Picks

Will Celtics Continue To Dominate 76ers?

Yes, because the Celtics NBA-Best defense travels well.

Horford-Hayward trio into copious amounts of buckets. No one dared predict the Celtics pivot to become the best defense in the NBA. Credit the Celtics rotation for buying into the defensive scheme of coach Stevens, who proved that his defensive acumen matches the creativity of his offensive sets.

Philadelphia flies to the British island with a four-game win streak, powered by the immense talent of the 76ers youngsters. Embiid and Simmons create one of the most imposing duos in the NBA, capable of dominating both ends of the court when they’re on their game. Covington, Saric and Redick join Joel and Ben to create a formidable lineup, capable of keeping pace with any opposing starting five in the association.

NBA Betting Picks:

NBA Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

Point Spread – Boston Celtics -2.5

Straight Up Moneyline – Boston Celtics -145

Over/Under Totals – Under 211.5

76ers vs Celtics – Key Betting Trends

Boston Celtics Dominate With Defense

The Celtics aren’t the top team in the eastern conference because of offensive production. Boston scores 102.7 PPG, 22nd in the NBA, with a 107.2 offensive rating which ranks 14th. Instead, the Celtics leverage athleticism, length and smarts to shut down opponents, especially in crunch time. Boston’s been able to grind all the major contenders this season, holding the Warriors, Rockets, Spurs and Cavaliers to less than 100 points. Their most impressive victory this year was a 92-99 win against the Warriors, keeping Durant, Curry and Thompson in check

Philly Runs Opponents Ragged

Philadelphia plays with the second quickest pace in the NBA, preferring to play aggressive basketball. The 76ers love to run the court and attempt to force quick turnovers. Despite allowing the eight most points per game in the association, the team ranks 8th in defensive rating. On offense, Philly scores the sixth most points per game, but possesses an offensive rating which ranks 18th in the NBA. Boston prefers to play at a more deliberate pace, grinding through possessions while preventing quick points in their own zone.

Embiid Fights Through Injury

Joel Embiid’s career involves a frustrating number of injuries which prevents “The Process” from making the most of his incredible athletic gifts and competitive spirit. In London, he’ll be playing with a sore back, and there’s a good chance he’s still dealing with a variety of other knee and foot ailments. If doctors recommend that Joel plays under a restricted minutes limit, Philadelphia will have difficulty competing against Boston’s elite defense while Embiid’s off the floor, increasing the odds of a Celtics victory.

Boston And Philly On Win Streaks

The point spread for this matchup doesn’t reflect a typical prediction between a conference leader and a ninth-place team. A 2.5 spread isn’t an indictment of Boston’s first-place position, but a reflection of both teams playing well over the past couple of weeks. The Celtics have won six in a row and seven of their last ten, while the 76ers enjoy a four-game win streak and five wins in their last six, including a massive blowout against the Detroit Pistons, and road wins in Denver and Phoenix.

Nonetheless, Boston’s a superior basketball team, which makes a one-possession spread a great proposition.

Celtics Strong Winning Trend Against Philly

Celtics have won 13 of their last 14 matchups against the Philadelphia 76ers, including two victories this season. The winning margin for both Boston wins exceeded 10 points, suggesting that this historical trend hasn’t shifted in Philly’s favor. The over/under for this game also appears to be a bit high, considering that these teams average a total of 199.5 PPG – twelve points beneath the over/under listed for this matchup. As such, pick Boston to beat a one-possession spread and choose the under for this London matchup.

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