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NBA Lines:  8 Straight Wins For The Boston Celtics

Posted by Ashley Carmichael on 12/9/2010 12:07:46 PM

The Boston Celtics are undefeated in December and riding an eight game NBA lines win streak. 

Boston Celtics (17-4) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (7-14)
Wells Fargo Center
Wednesday December 8, 2010
8:00 PM ET Tipoff
Broadcast:  TNT

NBA Lines
Boston -5
Philadelphia +5
Total 191.5

 

The Celtics currently lead the NBA in assists, making it nearly impossible for opposing defenses to key in on just one man.

In their last eight games, six different Celtics have led the team in points: Ray Allen, Nate Robinson, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kevin Garnett. 

Point guard Rajon Rondo currently leads the NBA lines in assists, distributing the ball as efficiently as hall-of-famer John Stockton once did.  If Rondo can maintain his 14.1 assists per game throughout the season, he will trail only Stockton for the single season assist record - 14.5 per contest.

Rondo’s ability to get in the lane and kick out to open shooters, has Boston shooting a league best 50.8 percent from the field. 

The experience of Boston also gives them an edge over the young 76ers.  The average age of the Celtics starting lineup is 32, whereas Philadelphia’s is 24.

Yes, Philadelphia may be more athletic, but Rajon Rondo’s creativity and awareness helps elevate the play of the Celtics aging superstars.

The Boston Celtics are also one the league’s strongest defensive teams.  Allowing only 92.1 points per game, It’s hard to imagine that the inexperienced 76ers will be able to run against Boston.

Expect to see the Celtics control the game and come away with a double-digit victory.

NBA Lines Pick – Boston (-5)

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