NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76’ers – Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

Two teams that will be considered favorites in the Eastern Conference will do battle in preseason action Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia when the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers. This game will be the first preseason game for both teams, and they will only play two preseason contests before the opening of the regular season next Tuesday. MyBookie currently does not have any betting information for this game.

Boston Celtics Betting Preview: Get Back to the Top

The Boston Celtics come into the 2020-21 season fresh off an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals where they fell to the Miami Heat in six games. The Celtics signed star forward Jayson Tatum to a massive five-year, $195 million contract in the offseason. Tatum averaged 23.8 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game a season ago. He was active on the defensive end of the floor as well, averaging 1.4 steals per game.

Tatum was Boston’s best player in the playoffs, averaging 25.7 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists per game. The elevation in his game in the postseason enabled Boston to get to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics’ supporting cast is good as well. Point guard Kemba Walker averaged 20.4 points and 4.8 assists in 2019-20. Walker is nursing a knee injury, so he will not be available Tuesday, but when he is ready, he is one of the premier point guards in the league. Guard Jaylen Brown is coming off his coming out season, averaging 20.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and he became an outlet when Tatum was being double-teamed. Brown is a threat from outside, shooting 38.2% from behind the arc.

Philadelphia 76ers Betting Preview: Ready to Take the Next Step

The Philadelphia 76ers come into the 2020-21 season ready to take the next step in their quest to win an NBA championship. The Celtics swept the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs in August, and it left a bitter taste in the mouths of players, fans, and coaches. Philadelphia was considered the favorite in the Eastern Conference going into last season, and the disappointing end was not what was envisioned in Philadelphia.

The Sixers hired a new head coach with some championship pedigree in Doc Rivers. Rivers won a championship as a coach of the Boston Celtics. The team’s nucleus is still intact with point guard Ben Simmons, shooting guard Tobias Harris, and center Joel Embiid, despite trade rumors surrounding Simmons and Embiid at different points in the offseason.

Simmons averaged 16.4 points, eight assists, and 7.4 rebounds per game a season ago. Embiid only played in 51 games and averaged 23 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Embiid is healthy this season, and Philly is hoping for big things from their big man. Harris is one of the more underrated players in the league. He quietly averaged 19.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game last season. He also shot 36.7% from the three-point line.

Betting Lines and Predictions

MyBookie currently has the 76ers as a three-point favorite. Even though it’s only preseason, this game should be closely contested and come down to the wire. Expect the 76ers to take over late and come away with the win.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Philadelphia 76ers (-3).

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