NBA Opening Night: 76ers vs Celtics Betting Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics Open the 2022-23 NBA Season
It’s hard to believe, but the 2022-23 NBA regular season begins on Tuesday. Opening night will feature two marquee matchups between the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers playing the Golden State Warriors. For the sake of this article, we’re going to take a look at the 76ers vs Celtics betting preview. The Celtics, led by Jayson Tatum, and the Sixers, led by Joel Embiid, are two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference which should make for an entertaining opening game.
Game: Philadelphia 76ers (0-0) @ Boston Celtics
Location: TD Garden
Celtis Reeling With Off-Court Disasters, Looking to Put all Behind Them
With nearly their entire roster from last year’s NBA finals team intact, the Boston Celtics have a lot to look forward to this season. They enter the 2022-23 season as the favorite to win the Eastern Conference and the co-favorite to win the title.
Defense Must Remain Key for Celtics
While the Celtics got off to a slow start, they turned things around near the midpoint of the season, thanks in large part to their defense. They led the league in defensive efficiency, while also finishing near the top of the league field goal percentage allowed, 3-point percentage allowed and 2-point percentage allowed; however, part of what made them so successful was the presence of Robert Williams.
Williams was a solid rim protector for the Celtics and served as the team’s so-called defensive coordinator. That being said, Williams will be sidelined for the first two months of the season after undergoing surgery. This is a huge blow for Boston as they try to contain Philadelphia’s big man, Joel Embiid.
76ers Looking for Harden, Embiid to Set Early Tone for Big Season
Our 76ers vs Celtics Betting Preview likes the Sixers +2 against the Celtics on Tuesday. Philadelphia finished fourth in the NBA standings 2022 in the Eastern Conference and we expect them to be a top-3 seed in this year’s standings.
Our 76ers vs Celtics Betting Preview likes the Sixers +2 against the Celtics on Tuesday. Philadelphia finished fourth in the NBA standings 2022 in the Eastern Conference and we expect them to be a top-3 seed in this year’s standings. James Harden and Embiid had their first full offseason together, and from the looks of their preseason games have established a nice rhythm together.
Philadelphia is going to look to feed Embiid in the post early and often, which should result in either an easy bucket or a trip to the free-throw line, especially with Williams out of the game for Boston. On the perimeter, Harden will be playing alongside Tyrese Maxey who flourished into a true scoring threat last season. They also acquired PJ Tucker from the Miami Heat this offseason – a move that will bolster their defense. Keep it tuned right here for the latest 76ers season betting odds.
Tatum, Brown Looking to Stir Huge Offensive Movement
Boston’s offense can be just as deadly, with two of the best two-way wings in the NBA in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but the Celtics have dealt with a lot of off-court turmoil this offseason that we think could affect them early.
Concluding our 76ers vs Celtics Betting Preview: With head coach Ime Udoka suspended for the season, Joe Mazzulla has stepped in as their new head coach. While Mazzulla has been with the organization for a while, there are still a lot of unknowns as to how he’ll manage his players in this role.
The first few weeks of a new season can always be a bit unpredictable, but between the Celtics missing a few key players and their offseason struggle, we think backing Embiid, Harden, and Maxey to perform on the road is the way to go.
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