Point Spread: 1.50 | -110.00 Boston (Home)
It was a very easy win for the Celtics on Sunday as they blew past injury-riddled Charlotte 116-86 as 9.5-point chalk. Six players, including the entire starting five, finished in double figures and the team made 21 three-pointers. It was also a solid effort at the defensive end, holding the Hornets to 40% overall, including 10 of 31 on 3PA. While only 7th in the East, Boston is only a game out of 4th place. You would assume they’re going to move up the standings before the playoffs begin. They cannot afford any kind of letdown.
Adding to the motivation here is the fact this is a double revenge spot for the Celtics. They lost twice down in Philadelphia back in January. Each time they blew a halftime lead. Now the Sixers are without Joel Embiid (still) and he was the dominant presence on the court in those two January meetings. Philly actually trailed Memphis by 26 points heading into the fourth quarter Sunday (again, that was at home!) and they are not a particularly great road team (17-36-3 ATS L53). 8* Boston