Celtics vs. 76ers odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, Jan. 20 predictions from model on 68-39 roll

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers project to compete for Eastern Conference playoff positioning throughout the 2020-21 NBA season. On Wednesday, the Celtics and 76ers match up for the first time on the hardwood, with the game set to be played at Wells Fargo Center. Boston is 8-4 this season but is coming off a 30-point drubbing against the New York Knicks in its last outing. The Celtics will be without Jayson Tatum (protocols) in this matchup. Philadelphia is 9-5 and its last game was postponed against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. William Hill Sportsbook lists the 76ers as five-point home favorites, holding steady from the opener, in the latest Celtics vs. 76ers odds. The over-under for total points expected is set at 220.5. Before you make any 76ers vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks last season. The model is up nearly $8,100 over the past two-plus seasons. Dating back to last season, it is also on a stunning 68-39 roll on top-rated picks against the spread, returning almost $2,500 on those selections alone. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. 76ers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Sixers vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. 76ers spread: 76ers -5
  • Celtics vs. 76ers over-under: 220.5
  • Celtics vs. 76ers money line: 76ers -200, Celtics +175
  • BOS: The Celtics are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
  • PHI: The 76ers are 5-4-1 against the spread in the last 10 games

Latest Odds:

Philadelphia 76ers

Why the Celtics can cover

Boston is missing its leading scorer, but the Celtics have a deep pool of talent to utilize against Philadelphia. Jaylen Brown is off to a tremendous start in 2020-21, averaging 25.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and he is flanked by an elite defensive force in Marcus Smart. In addition, the Celtics have All-Star guard Kemba Walker back in action after an injury-related absence, and he will put pressure on Philadelphia’s perimeter defenders. 

As a team, Boston grades out as above-average in both offensive and defensive rating, including a top-tier offensive rebound rate of 29.2 percent. The Celtics also create havoc in the form of turnovers, forcing a giveaway on 14.9 percent of possessions this season, and Boston ranks in the top six of the NBA in both blocked shots (6.0 per game) and steals (9.0 per game).

Why the 76ers can cover

Philadelphia is playing at a tremendous level defensively, allowing only 105.7 points per 100 possessions this season. The 76ers lead the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 7.1 per game, and Philadelphia is fifth-best in the league in shooting efficiency allowed. Philadelphia may also be able to force turnovers at a high clip, with the Celtics committing a giveaway on 15.5 percent of possessions. 

Offensively, Philadelphia can play through an elite scorer in Joel Embiid and, as a team, the 76ers rank in the top 10 in true shooting percentage (57.7 percent). Doc Rivers’ squad is also above-average in offensive rebound rate (27.6 percent), assist rate (61.4 percent) and free throw rate, and Tatum’s absence will certainly hurt Boston on both sides of the floor.

How to make Celtics vs. 76ers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 229 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins 76ers vs. Celtics? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Celtics vs. 76ers spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.


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