Tonight the Philadelphia 76ers hosts the New Jersey Nets in an important game for the 76ers that has playoff implications. The Nets can only play spoiler at this point with a 21-38 record and have no way of making the post season. Philadelphia on the other hand has a record of 31-27 and they have won their last two starts. The 76ers are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, one game in front of Atlantic Coast rival the New York Knicks and three games behind the Boston Celtics.
Head to head the 76ers have won 9 of the last 10 games against the Nets. The Nets have won two of their last three starts. The 76ers have won two straight and are going for their first three game win streak since mid February. This season the teams have played twice and the 76ers are 2-0 SU. They met Tuesday and the 76ers blew the Nets out 107-88 on New Jersey’s home court.
The current line has the 76ers as the overwhelming favorite by 12 points. The line opened there and has not moved. The total is sitting at just 186. The teams, with the exception of the last game between them, usually score in the low to mid 80s when they face off. Take the Nets plus the points to win ATS and the total to be UNDER.
The Boston Celtics are peaking at just the right time and tonight face the disappointing Toronto Raptors. Boston is headed to the playoffs and an Atlantic Division crown, at season end the Raptors are headed home for the summer. The Raptors have a record of 20-39 and have lost their last four games and 6 of their last 10.
Boston however, has won four straight games and is 8-2 SU over their last 10 games. The Celtics are currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference just two games behind the third place Indiana Pacers.
Boston has been led by Ranjo Rando who is playing his best basketball of the season and probably his career. In the teams last outing, he had double-digit assists for the 19th consecutive game. He also had his sixth triple double of the year, which leads the NBA this season. Boston is 19-7 SU over their last 26 games.
The Raptors will most likely not have the services of Andrea Bargnani their leading scorer. He has had a calf strain and missed the last two games. The current line has the Celtics as 6 ½-point favorites after opening at 5. The total is just 177. Take the Celtics less the points and the total to be OVER.