76ers vs. Celtics prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, Jan. 14 best bets from model on 52-28 run

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to bounce back and get back into the win column when they host the rival Boston Celtics in an Atlantic Division matchup at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday in Philadelphia. The Sixers are coming off a 109-98 loss on Wednesday to Charlotte. That ended a seven-game winning streak for Philadelphia (23-17), which sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile the Celtics (21-21) are riding a three-game winning streak. They are sitting in 10th place in the East, the last spot that advances to the playoffs. 

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Philadelphia as a 3.5-point favorite in the latest 76ers vs. Celtics odds, while the over-under, or total number of points expected, is 210.5. Before making any Celtics vs. 76ers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model entered Week 13 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 52-28 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Sixers vs. Celtics, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Celtics vs. Sixers:

  • 76ers vs. Celtics spread: Philadelphia -3.5
  • 76ers vs. Celtics over-under: 210.5 points
  • 76ers vs. Celtics money line: Philadelphia -160, Boston +140
  • PHI: Joel Embiid ranks fifth in the league in scoring, at 27.1 points per game.
  • BOS: The Celtics give up 106.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranks fifth in the NBA.

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Why the 76ers can cover

Joel Embiid is on a historic roll. The multitalented big man has scored 30-plus points in eight straight games, averaging 32.6 points per game. Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain are the only players in franchise history to score 30 points in eight consecutive games. Embiid ranks fifth in the league in scoring, at 27.1 points per game.

In addition, Philadelphia is one of the best teams in the league at defending the rim. The 76ers average 5.8 blocks per game. That ranks fifth in the NBA.

Why the Celtics can cover

Boston is one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Celtics give up 106.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranks fifth in the NBA. They also allow opponents to shoot just 43.9 percent from the field, which is sixth in the league.

Two big reasons for Boston’s success at the defensive end are Robert Williams III and Marcus Smart (questionable, thigh). Williams averages 2.2 blocks per game, which ranks third in the NBA. Meanwhile Smart averages 1.9 steals per game, which also is third in the league.

How to make Celtics vs. 76ers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 215 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Sixers vs. Celtics? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  

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