We bounced back from a tough loss on Monday with a nail-biting win on Wednesday. The Clippers looked destined to cover their -5 spread when they led the Pacers by 17 points early in the fourth quarter, but a late charge by the travelling team meant it got a lot closer than we’d liked and/or anticipated. A win’s a win though, and we now move on to the Wednesday slate where there are nine games on the card. Check out our preview and best bet for the day below and good luck to everyone following!
NBA Wednesday March 20th
Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers (7pm ET)
Our best bet from Wednesday’s nine game slate comes from the Eastern Conference affair that sees the Boston Celtics travel to take on the Philadelphia 76ers. This new age rivalry is scheduled to tip off just after 7pm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. These teams have already met on three occasions this season, with the Celtics leading the series 3-0.
Last time they played
The Celtics travelled to Philadelphia on February 12th of this year in what would turn out to be another great game between these teams. The Celtics ended up the team on top, defeating the Sixers by three points (112-109) after numerous lead changes throughout. Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 26 point off the bench, while Joel Embiid (23 points, 14 rebounds) was strong for the home side.
The Celtics come into this off a tough nine point loss last time out against the Nuggets. Although they eventually went down, it was far from a bad performance from a Celtics unit that had won five of their six prior games. This stretch has taken their overall record to 43-28 on the season, which has them in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings, but only half a game behind the out-of-form Pacers in fourth.
The Sixers enter this game on the second night of a back-to-back after playing in Charlotte on Tuesday. They were without Embiid, but still made enough plays down the stretch to come out on top by four points (118-114) on the road. That win was their fifth on the spin and has propelled them into third spot in the East with a 46-25 record on the season. It’s still unclear whether or not Embiid will make his return on Wednesday, but we’re basing our pick on him being available to suit up.
The Celtics have had the wood over the Sixers in recent time, winning a whopping 17 of their 19 meetings. They’re also 3-0 against the Sixers this season, including a three point win in Philadelphia on February 12th. In our view, this advantage is just too much to ignore, which is why we’ll be more than happy to take the three point head start on offer.