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NBA Picks Today (8/19/20) Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics – Game 2

Free NBA Picks on this Round 1 Game 2 taking place on August 19, 2020 between the Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics.


The Final Score Networks sports betting preview on this round one game one NBA Playoffs matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics set to tip off this Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30pm et.

The current NBA Odds have the Celtics as -4.5 point favorites and the over/under at 214.5 total points. The betting public has 60% of their money on the 76ers.

Philadelphia comes into this game fresh off a 109-101 game 1 loss. They were without one of their top players Ben Simmons, who’s out for the season due to a knee injury. On the other side on the ball, the Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will to miss the next few weeks after suffering an ankle injury on Monday Night.

In the first game of this series, Embiid led the 76ers with a 26-point 16 rebound night, but that just wasn’t enough to pull away with the victory. The Celtics Coach Brad Stevens came in prepared and made sure the big man was double teamed most of the night causing him to be out of his element and turning the ball over 5 out the teams 18 total turnovers. If they want any chance to get the win tonight, they’ll need to cut those turnover numbers down drastically and they’ll also need to step it up from 3-point land since they shot just 33% on Monday.

Philadelphia is 5-13 against the spread in their last 18 games against Boston and the total has gone over in 11 of the Sixers last 15 games.

Right now, the Celtics just look like the better team with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way. Tatum had a monster Monday Night game with 32 points and 13 rebounds to go along with Jaylen Browns’ 29 points including the 15 he had in the fourth quarter.

The X factor in this game for Boston will be how they continue to use their bigs to cut the production of Embiid.

Boston is 4-2 against the spread in their last 6 games.The total has gone over in 12 of the Celtics last 18 games when playing as the favorite.

It’s going to be an uphill battle for Philadelphia without Simmons, but our numbers show the best opportunity to cash in big on this 76ers/Celtics game is to roll with the 76ers Team Total Over 104.5 at the -130 price.


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