NBA Pick Boston at Philadelphia 12-9-10

December 9, 2010

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Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers

Thursday December 9, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Line: Boston -5

After beating Denver 105-89 last night, the Celtics now hit the road for a 3 game road trip. They bring their 8 game winning streak on the road with them. The 76ers have won 2 straight games, both at home. They beat 2 average to below average teams in Cleveland and Charlotte.

Stats to consider:

Boston Celtics:

  • Boston is 17-4 with a 7-3 away record.
  • Points per game: 101 (11th)
  • Points allowed per game: 91.9 (3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 39.6 (27th)
  • Assists per game: 26.3 (1st)

Philadelphia 76ers:

  • Philly is 7-14 with a 6-4 home record.
  • Points per game: 98.3 (19th)
  • Points allowed per game: 98.9 (13th)
  • Rebounds per game: 41.8 (13th)
  • Assists per game: 22.4 (9th)

What to watch for:

  • The Big 3 for Boston. This team rides and dies by the performance of the Big 3 plus Rondo. SF Paul Pierce has averaged 18.9 PPG 4.5 RPG and 2.8 APG. SG Ray Allen is second on the team in scoring with 16.3 PPG and has contributed 3.3 RPG and 3.2 APG. PF Kevin Garnett is 3rd on the team with 15.7 PPG. He leads the team with 9.8 RPG. Rajon Rondo leads the league with 14.1 APG.
  • The 76ers have been lead in scoring by PF Elton Brand. He also leads the team in RPG and BPG. He is averaging 15.7 PPG 7.9 RPG and 1.2 BPG. SG Andre Iguodala is having a down year only averaging 13.9 PPG but also has contributed 6.6 RPG and 5.5 APG. PG Jrue Holiday leads the team with 7 APG and is 3rd on the team with 13.4 PPG.

The fact that the 76ers have not beaten any of the top teams in the Eastern Conference makes this an easier basketball pick. Boston is a dominant team and have a ton of depth coming off the bench. The Celtics current “Big Three” has never lost in Philadelphia. Even though they played yesterday, they should be well rested as they weren’t even tested vs. the Melo-less Nuggets. The 76ers should struggle against the tough Celtics defense and the Big 3 should continue to dominate. Even with Rondo not at 100%.


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