• Celtics blew fourth quarter against the Pacers
  • Celtics will play the second of back-to-back against the Sixers
  • Celtics are 1.5-spread favorites

The Boston Celtics will aim to quickly recover from a heart-breaking meltdown against the Pacers in Indiana as they head back home to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday for the second night of a back-to-back tough game schedule.

The Celtics will try to keep their home record flawless as the Sixers will try to spoil their bounce-back bid and make it four wins in a row. The C’s fell to the third spot in the top six logjams of the Eastern Conference that shows the team just half a game behind second-placed Miami Heat. The Sixers are trailing at fourth albeit having more wins than the Celtics, 18 against 17, mainly because they also suffered more losses. eight against seven.

Kemba Walker turned unconscious on Wednesday night in Indianapolis as he exploded for 44 points behind seven triples and seven dimes. The hot-shooting night for the All-Star point guard, however, went for naught as the Celtics blew the payoff period where they were outscored, 38-23, and eventually lost, 122-117.

Gordon Hayward could not catch a break as he suffered another injury, this time on his nose after he got to hit some time in the fourth quarter of the Pacers game. Although not yet confirmed, Hayward is expected to miss this game against the Sixers.

Philly is coming off a huge victory against the Nuggets last timeout where Joel Embiid did a little bit of everything, scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out six assists along with two steals in 31 minutes of action.

Josh Richardson is expected to regain his touch in this game against the Celtics after a rather rusty performance against Denver where he returned from a six-game absence due to a hamstring injury.


The Boston Celtics are pegged to win the game and handicapped at 1.5 spread. The Total line is placed at 210 over/under.

The Sixers got a losing straight up record when they play on the road, 5-7, but they have been winning against the spread lately. They tallied a 3-1-1 ATS record in their last five games and 10-3 in their last Thursday night games.

The Celtics are simply automatic inside the TD Garden. They are 10-0 straight up inside their home floor, 4-0 ATS overall in their last four games, and likewise unscathed in the last four games they are tagged as favorites.

The total trend has been going UNDER for Philly, 4-0 in the team’s last road games. On back-to-back games, the Celtics are also quite struggling to put the ball into the hoop as the trend goes UNDER in the last six games they played without rest.


The Boston Celtics will bounce back big so expect them to cover the small handicap. Go opposite the total trend. Kemba Walker will not let his scorching hands go to another waste so expect another solid offensive showcase from him. The total for this game will go OVER the market line.

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Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics calls for the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jan. 23, 2018. Harry How/Getty Images