76ers vs. Celtics Game 1 Prediction: NBA Playoff Odds, Point Spread

admin | Updated Aug 16, 2020

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Good luck to anyone trying to contain the Celtics, who had four players average at least 17 points per game during the regular season.

Philadelphia
43-30
AT
August 17, 2020, 6:30 PM ET
HP Field House
Boston
48-24
Pointspread +6.5 -110
Moneyline +240
Over / Under o +218

29%

Betting Action

71%

Pointspread -6.5 -110
Moneyline -280
Over / Under u +218

29%

Betting Action

71%

A lot has happened in the world since the Boston Celtics kicked off their playoff run a year ago, but you can bet they haven’t forgotten what happened in their first-round meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics will look to atone for last year’s unceremonious exit as the teams kick off their Eastern Conference best-of-seven Monday night at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando – and Philadelphia is already at a major disadvantage.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Celtics sit as 5 1/2-point favourites for the series opener with a 76ers team that swept the season series, but will be without star point guard Ben Simmons indefinitely after he suffered a serious knee injury during Philadelphia’s regular-season stint in the Orlando bubble. The Celtics went just 3-4-1 ATS in the re-start but will be almost completely healthy for Monday’s series opener. The 76ers have covered just five of their previous 17 meetings with Boston

Given how several teams put up video game-like numbers during the resumption of play, it might surprise some bettors to see the Game 1 total on the low end at 218.5. And to no one’s surprise, a whopping 87 percent of Sports Interaction participants are taking the Over. The 76ers have played into that trend, with the Over having cashed in 11 of their last 14 games. These teams, however, have gone Under in four of their past six meetings.

Philadelphia 76ers

If you’re looking for an underrated player prop selection, Alec Burks might just fit the bill. Burks has plenty going for him heading into the opener of this best-of-seven series. For starters, he has averaged 20.3 points over his previous four games despite playing no more than 28 minutes in any of them. He also averaged 19.0 points in two meetings with the Celtics this season, well above his season scoring average of 15.0 ppg.

Boston Celtics

Good luck to anyone trying to contain the Celtics, who had four players average at least 17 points per game during the regular season. Boston boasted an even more balanced attack when facing Philadelphia, with six players averaging 13.3 points or more in those three meetings. Kemba Walker led the way with a 22.3 ppg scoring average vs. the 76ers, and is a savvy points prop choice against an undermanned Philly backcourt.

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