A potential playoff preview is set for Tuesday in NBA betting online as the Boston Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Celtics are likely to finish 3rd in the Eastern Conference while Philadelphia should finish 6th which would have the teams meeting in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics are the NBA betting favorites at Sbgglobal in this game because they are at home.
Tough Back to Back for 76ers
The 76ers have two tough games this week as they travel to Boston on Tuesday and then come home to face the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The 76ers are 1.5 games ahead of New York for 6th in the Eastern Conference so that Wednesday game will be important. The 76ers have already clinched a playoff spot but head coach Doug Collins said he doesn’t intend to rest players as he wants the team playing well heading into the playoffs.
This game on Tuesday night in NBA betting should be close if history is any indication. The teams have met three times this season and every game has been tight. Philadelphia lost the first two meetings against Boston by a combined five points and then last month Philadelphia won 89-86. The 76ers play tough defense and that means close games. The 76ers have held their last four opponents to less than 100 points.
Celtics Worried about Injuries
The Celtics main concern is staying healthy. Both Shaquille O’Neal and Nenad Krstic are dealing with injuries so Boston is weak inside. Boston would like to get the top seed in the Eastern Conference but they realize that is unrealistic considering they trail Chicago by three games. More realistic is the second seed and the Celtics have a shot at Miami and they win the tiebreaker as the Celtics won the season series against the Heat this season. It could come down to next Sunday when the Celtics and Heat meet for the final time in the regular season. Head coach Doc Rivers has said that the Celtics really want to get the first or second seed.
The 76ers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Atlantic. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 76ers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Three of the last five meetings in this series have gone under in NBA betting online.