76ers vs. Celtics prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, model’s Jan. 14 best bets on 52-28 run

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The Boston Celtics will try to stay warm when they face rivals the Philadelphia 76ers in an Atlantic Division game at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday in Philadelphia. The Celtics (21-21) have won three straight games averaging 15.3 points per game. The winning streak propelled Boston to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the 76ers (23-17) have won seven of their last eight games but are coming off a 109-98 loss Wednesday to Charlotte.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook ranks Philadelphia as a 3.5-point favorite in the latest 76ers vs. Celtics odds, while the over-under, or expected total number of points, is 207.5. Before making any Celtics vs. 76ers picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine projection model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned more than $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three seasons. The model entered Week 13 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 52-28 turnover over all top-rated NBA picks, grossing nearly $2,000. Anyone who follows him has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set his sights on Sixers vs. Celtics, and has just locked in his NBA picks and predictions. You can head over to SportsLine now to see the model choices. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Celtics vs Sixers:

  • Difference 76ers vs. Celtics: Philadelphia -3.5
  • 76ers vs. Celtics over-under: 207.5 points
  • Silver line 76ers vs. Celtics: Philadelphia -160, Boston +140
  • PHI: Joel Embiid ranks fifth in the league in scoring, with 27.1 points per game.
  • BOS: The Celtics are giving up 106.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranks them fifth in the NBA.

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Why the 76ers can cover

Joel Embiid has been a dominant force for Philadelphia. Over his last eight games, Embiid is averaging 32.6 points per game on 56.5% shooting from the field and 40.1% from 3-point range. He scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, joining Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in franchise history to do so.

Additionally, the 76ers have been one of the most successful offensive teams over the past three weeks. As of Dec. 26, Philadelphia is averaging 117.4 points per 100 possessions on offense, which ranks second in the NBA over that span. That’s a significant improvement from the first two months of the season when the 76ers averaged 108.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranked 19th in the league.

Why the Celtics can cover

Boston is one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Celtics are giving up 106.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranks them fifth in the NBA. They also allow opponents to shoot from just 43.9% from the field, which is sixth in the league.

Robert Williams III and Marcus Smart (doubtful, thigh) are two big reasons for Boston’s success on defense. Williams is averaging 2.2 blocks per game, which ranks him third in the NBA. Meanwhile, Smart is averaging 1.9 steals per game, which is also third in the league.

How to make choices between the Celtics and 76ers

SportsLine’s model leans into the total, projecting a combined 215 points. The model also indicates that one side of the gap hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the model choice on SportsLine.

So who wins the Sixers against the Celtics? And which side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you should jump to, all from the model who crushed his NBA picks, and find out.

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