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Celtics 76ers Betting - Celtics Look To Avenge A Humiliating Defeat In Philly

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/10/2014 5:28:24 AM

The 2012 NBA season has been pockmarked with a number of modest surprises. One of them ins that the Philadelphia 76ers hold a narrow lead over the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division.

Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers - Sunday, March 23 
Sport betting line: No line

Why Boston Will Win

The college basketball betting experts following the NCAA Tournament think that the Indiana-Kentucky game is the best rivalry on display this weekend, and that the Cincinnati-Ohio State game will come close in that regard. However, the professional basketball analysts who will be assessing this NBA contest will tell you that the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers have formed one of the great rivalries in the pro game’s illustrious history. Boston and Philadelphia traded punches in their memorable duels of the early 1980s, and now they find themselves separated by fewer than two games in the NBA’s Atlantic Division. Boston is going to be out for revenge in this game.

The Celtics were abused by the Sixers on March 7 in Philadelphia. A proud bunch of veterans – owners of the 2008 NBA championship and Eastern Conference champions in 2010 – was crushed by 32 points. The 103-71 defeat has to be seared into the minds of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo.

The Celtics are highly likely to play this game as though it’s a playoff contest. Boston figures to be able to hit three-point shots this time around; it was 0 for 8 from the three-point arc in that March 7 disaster. Allen should be able to hit a few long-distance jumpers to open up the Sixers’ defense. Boston should also be able to hold to Sixers to under 48 percent, which is how well Philadelphia shot in that 103-71 blowout. Boston’s mindset and its level of urgency should both work in favor of the Celtics in this particular game.

Why Philadelphia Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you just have to look at the Sixers’ mastery of Boston two weeks ago. This was a game in which Philadelphia’s Evan Turner hit 11 of 19 shots for 26 points in a masterclass that left the Celtics reeling. Will Turner be able to do the same things in this game? Probably not – Boston coach Doc Rivers will take away Turner. However, that means the rest of the court will be opened up for the Sixers’ other players. Philadelphia still owns the balance and belief to be able to knock Boston on its heels.

The fact that this game is being played in Philadelphia should enable the Sixers to add another notch to the win column. Naturally, the Sixers won’t win by 32 points; Boston should create a close contest this time around. However, Philadelphia still has younger and fresher legs than the aging Celtics. A 54-35 rebounding edge on March 7 is hard to ignore when sizing up this reunion. The Sixers still hold the cards.

Who Will Win

It’s a new era in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics are the old guard, fading into the distance, while Philadelphia is the younger and more confident club. Take Philadelphia, especially since this game is on the Sixers’ home floor.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Philadelphia

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