Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • The Philadelphia 76ers want to get back into the win column after dropping their last three games.
  • The Boston Celtics have alternated wins and losses in their last four games.
  • The Celtics were victorious against the Sixers in their earlier meeting this season.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Philadelphia 76ers TBA TBA TBA
Boston Celtics TBA TBA TBA

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Predictions and Picks

Boston enter this game off the back of a winning effort in their last game. However the Sixers are coming off of a tremendous effort that fell short against one of the league’s best. With just an improved bench effort, the Sixers should take this game.

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Sixers vs Celtics

Head-to-Head: Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers Head-to-Head Boston Celtics
Doc Rivers Head Coach Ime Udoka
15-15 (9th in East) Standing 15-15 (8th in East)
L-L-L-W Form W-L-W-L
109.3 (20th of 30) Off Rtg 109.4 (17th of 30)
110.4 (20th of 30) Def Rtg 108.3 (12th of 30)
95.6 (30th of 30) Pace 97.1 (22nd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Embiid (24.3) PPG J. Tatum (26.2)
J. Embiid (10.9) RPG J. Tatum (8.6)
T. Maxey (4.7) APG M. Smart (5.6)
M. Thybulle (1.7) SPG M. Smart (2.0)
J. Embiid (1.3) BPG R. Williams (1.7)
S. Curry (.516)/J. Embiid (7.5) FG%/FGM R. Williams (.734)/J. Tatum (9.2)
S. Curry (.390)/S. Curry (2.1) 3P%/3PM G. Williams (.453)/J. Tatum (2.9)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 21 Oct 2021 Out (Back) There is no timetable for Simmons’ return to the Sixers.
Georges Niang Philadelphia 76ers 15 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Niang is under league health & safety protocols.
Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers 17 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Illness) Korkmaz did not play in Philadelphia’s Thursday (Dec 16) game.
Andre Drummond Philadelphia 76ers 19 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Drummond is under league health & safety protocols.
Shake Milton Philadelphia 76ers 19 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Milton is under league health & safety protocols.
Sam Hauser Boston Celtics 17 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Hauser has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Al Horford Boston Celtics 17 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Horford has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Jabari Parker Boston Celtics 17 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Parker has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Grant Williams Boston Celtics 17 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Williams has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Brodric Thomas Boston Celtics 18 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Thomas has been placed under league health & safety protocols.
Romeo Langford Boston Celtics 19 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Neck) Langford did not play in Boston’s Saturday (Dec 18) game.
Dennis Schroder Boston Celtics 19 Dec 2021 Day to Day (Illness) Schroder did not play in Boston’s Saturday (Dec 18) game.

How Can the Sixers Beat the Celtics?

The Sixers dropped their last game against a similarly shorthanded Brooklyn Nets team. While their stars went to work, they need more production from their bench unit.

The Sixers only received 12 points from their three-man bench against the Nets, something they can’t afford when they face the Celtics.

Considering at least two starters will always be mixed in with their bench unit, Philly’s stars must work to create better opportunities for their bench unit. After a poor match, Tobias Harris needs to bounce back and take the lead.

Sixers Key Player: (C) Joel Embiid


There aren’t many times when Joel Embiid doesn’t have the advantage in the paint, but when he faces the Celtics their front line will be significantly weakened.

Embiid is coming off of a 31-point, 9 rebound, and 6 assist performance against the Brooklyn Nets. While the Sixers lost, Embiid showed that he is more than ready for a long night due to shortened rosters.

The Sixers center will still have to put up with Robert Williams and Enes Freedom in the paint, but his production will determine how well the Sixers compete in this matchup.

How Can the Celtics Beat the Sixers?

In their last matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics put on a defensive clinic. Despite having fewer available players, they must carry over the effort from their last meeting.

Boston were able to hold Philadelphia to 37.1% shooting from the field and 25.8% shooting from three in their early-December matchup. Justas impressively, they held Joel Embiid to 3 of 17 shooting on the night.

Boston still have an energetic defensive unit, despite the fact that they are missing a number of players. With the offensive burden on Tatum and Brown, there’s no reason for the Celtics’ role players to not focus on the defensive end.

Celtics Key Player: (G) Josh Richardson


The Boston Celtics don’t have an unpredictable game plan, considering their main focus is to find production in Brown and Tatum. However in Boston’s last game, they were able to secure the victory with some fantastic production from Josh Richardson.

The Celtics’ backup swingman posted 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals on 9 of 14 shooting from the field. Richardson’s 5 three-point field goals were the difference maker in this matchup.

With so few players available to them, Richardson’s scoring is absolutely necessary in order to take down the Sixers. Whether or not he can help contain Sixers sharpshooter Seth Curry is another reason why he’ll be crucial.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Information
Teams Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
Location TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Time 7:30 PM EST, December 20th, 2021
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