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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics: Picks, Predictions and Odds

The Boston Celtics are in red-hot form with the best record in the association at 45-12 and an eight-game winning streak. They meet longtime rivals the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

The Sixers (33-24) are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings but have won only four of their last 15 games as they cope with the absence of All-Star center Joel Embiid.

The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference by seven-and-a-half games, 12 games ahead of the fifth-placed Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Predictions

Boston Celtics -12 (-110)

Two teams in contrasting form go head-to-head at the TD Garden and it's no surprise to see the classy Celtics as double-digit favorites for their latest clash with the 76ers.

The Celtics are five wins ahead of any other team in the NBA with their 45-12 record and are coming into this contest well rested after securing their eighth straight win over the New York Knicks on Saturday.

Four of their last five wins have come on the road but returning to the TD Garden, where they have lost only three times in 29 games this season, should make them even more confident.

Half of the wins in this current streak have come by a margin of more than the spread for this game, including a 136-86 rout of the Brooklyn Nets in their last home game, which gave Joe Mazzulla his 100th win as a head coach.

The 76ers are still on course for the playoffs themselves but they are clearly struggling without their star man Joel Embiid, who has been sidelined throughout February due to a knee injury.

They have lost seven of their last 10 games and went down by 21 points at home to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday

The 76ers have covered the spread in only five of their last 15 games against the Celtics but they have been solid in the teams' meetings this season, with one win and two losses by margins of 10 and six points. 

Everything points to a comfortable night for the Celtics on this occasion.

Under 229.0 points (-110)

The Celtics may not need to be in blistering scoring form to take down the 76ers in their current shape and there is a good chance the points total will come in below the line of 229 points.

The Sixers have failed to reach even 100 points in two of their last three games and their last four matchups have all produced fewer points than this line.

Their offense can't get much done in Embiid's absence and they average just 110.2 points every 100 possessions in their last 10 games.

They have averaged just 104.5 points per game in their last 10 clashes with the Celtics and neither team plays at a particularly fast pace, so a relatively low-scoring game seems likely.

Tyrese Maxey under 26.5 points (-120)

Tyrese Maxey has been the highest-scoring player for the Celtics in five of their last six games but he could struggle on Tuesday at TD Garden.

In Philly's last two games, Maxey was the team's top scorer with 24 points each time and he could fall short of the 26.5 points line again in this contest. 

Facing the league's top defense should make the task more difficult and teams know that the Sixers don't have many other reliable options. That means they will likely concentrate their defensive efforts on limiting Maxey's effectiveness.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Odds

PHI 76ers

+525 ML

BOS Celtics

-750 ML

Spread

PHI 76ers +12.0

Total Points

O/U 229.0

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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