The 76ers will host the Celtics in their first NBA game of the new season.
After narrowly losing to the Toronto Raptors in the conference finals last season, Philadelphia have tinkered with their squad again. They did not offer a big deal to Jimmy Butler, who left to go to Miami. In his place, they got Al Horford from the Celtics. Horford’s experience will be valuable as he will hope to form a defensive juggernaut alongside Joel Embiid. Speaking of Embiid, he will shoulder the hopes of the franchise with teammate Ben Simmons.
Embiid’s talent has never been in doubt, but his fitness issues have been the major problem. He played 64 games last season and averaged 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. However, he was not at his best in the playoffs. Embiid could not perform at the optimum level against Toronto in the conference finals. He was sick for the majority of the games, which enabled the Raptors to snatch a close 4-3 win in the series.
Simmons is entering his third year with Philadelphia, and the expectations are more than ever with Jimmy Butler gone. He has developed a shot in the offseason, but the jury is still out on its effectiveness. Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson should round up the starting five for the 76ers. The talent in their side is immense, but the chemistry has been found lacking somewhat. They will be the favorites alongside the Bucks for the sweepstakes in the Eastern Conference.
Boston were in Philadelphia’s position last season, but they failed to assert themselves in the regular season. They finished fourth in the east before losing in the second round of the playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks annihilated them 4-1 which kicked off a string of moves for the Celtics. Kyrie Irving left for Brooklyn and Horford will suit up for opponents Philadelphia. In their place, Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter should fill in the starting five.
Walker failed to find the success he was looking for with Charlotte, and he made an easy choice to move to Boston. Terry Rozier went to the Hornets in the deal. Irving is a more talented point guard than Walker, but his chemistry issues with other players were well documented. Hopefully, for Boston, Walker will thrive better in the locker room than his predecessor.
Kanter is a strong offensive player, but he is suspect on the other end. Horford will be missed in that aspect, and Daniel Theis could provide some useful minutes off the bench. The onus will be on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to make big jumps, and Gordon Hayward to revive his career.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Betting Tips
It’s the first game of the season, but it could provide indications about the team’s seasons. The 76ers will hope to merge their talent, and they should get the opening win against Boston. The total points will be higher than 226.5. Boston will make it tight, and the margin of victory should be less than 10 points.