Philadelphia 76ers versus Boston Celtics Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-5-2013

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The 31-27 Boston Celtics will travel to play the 23-35 Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from Philadelphia is scheduled for 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.

The odds from this NBA pro basketball game has the road team Boston Celtics favored by -2 points with an over under line of 185 points. There has been no line movement since the odds came out a few hours ago.

The teams have met three times this season with Philadelphia winning and covering the point spread in two of the three games.

Boston is 10-18 on the road this season. They win their second straight following a 94-86 home win against the Golden St Warriors on Friday night as a -4 point betting favorite. The game landed under 197 points. The Celtics got off to the good start by taking the 31-20 lead after one quarter. They shoot 48% from the floor and made 3 of 15 from three. Boston allowed Golden St just 32% shooting and a good thing they did as the Warriors pulled down 10 more rebounds. Paul Pierce had 26 points and 8 rebounds on 9 of 15 shooting. In the playoff picture the Celtics are currently in the seventh seed and holds an 8 game lead over Philadelphia. Boston’s lack of size to support Kevin Garnett down low has impacted the team on the glass as the Celtics are 28th and third to last in the NBA in rebounds.

The 76ers are 17-15 at home. They lose for the eighth time in nine games following a 90-87 road defeat on Sunday to the Washington Wizards as a +6 point underdog. The game landed under 185 ½ points. Philadelphia shot just 38.8% from the floor and made 6 of 19 three pointers. They give up 42.5% shooting to the Wizards and allowed Washington to pull down 8 more rebounds. Dorell Wright came off the bench for 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting in the loss. Philadelphia is in the ninth seed in the Eastern conference and trails Milwaukee by 6 ½ games for the eighth seed. The 76ers all season has struggled on the offensive end of the court. They have scored 93 points or less in nine of their past ten games. They are 29th and second to last in the NBA in points per game by averaging just 92 points a game.