Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thursday NBA Free Play: Celtics to beat the Sixers in London

Philly and Boston meet in London

Take #901 Boston Celtics -2 over Philadelphia 76ers (3 PM ET Thursday, January 11)

A pair of streaking teams--the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics—meet over the pond when they battle in an NBA showcase in London. Tip-off is slated for 3 PM ET at the O2 Arena where the Celtics are -2 point favorites. The total is 208.

Philadelphia (19-19, 9-9 home) enters the U.K. showdown with a four-game winning streak in which they’ve averaged 114 points per game. Ben Simmons is averaging 22 points in the last three outings and needed just 23 minutes to collect 19 points and nine assists on Friday.

Boston (33-10, 15-5 road) is also streaking with six straight wins. They showed off their league best defense on Saturday contesting five shots in the final 7.5 seconds of an 87-85 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets. Boston tops the NBA in scoring defense at an average of 97.6 points allowed.

For a point of reference, the 76ers are the designated home team. Having said that, here are the road/home splits:

The Celtics have a solid ATS play this season going 26-15 including 13-7 on the road. The Sixers are 21-16 vs. the number including a home mark of 10-8.

Boston is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Philadelphia while the underdog is on a 5-2 spread run overall. The Celtics are 16-7 ATS in their past 23 road games but just 3-7 ATS last 10 against the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers are 4-0 ATS in their last four overall but 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.

Boston is 5-1 to the UNDER in its last six games and 8-2 to the low side in their past 20 vs. the Atlantic Division.

The OVER is 5-2 in the past seven series meetings.

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