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NBA Lines - Making Up Lost Ground

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/5/2012 1:20:14 PM

NBA Lines – Making Up Lost Ground

Wednesday marks the first meeting of the NBA lines season between two Atlantic teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. Given their current one-two standings in the Atlantic and 2 games separating the two, this game may prove to have huge implications on who will finish first in the division.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics
Live from: Wells Fargo Center – PA
Tipoff: 7:00 PM ET Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Broadcast: CSN-P, CSN-NE, WEEI

Philadelphia’s Current Slide and Standings

Philly has struggled recently and has a clear 2-7 record to show for it. They’ve had a hard time playing like they had been early on in the season and it’s beginning to cost them. They are currently in 4th overall and sit only 2 games ahead of the Celtics for the Atlantic division lead. A win on Wednesday would extend the 76ers’ lead and buy them a little more time in order for them to get their NBA lines game back on track. One of Philly’s biggest issues has been the play of 6-year-pro PG Lou Williams, who is averaging only 15.5 points a game. If the 76ers are to get back in form, Williams will need to start playing better for them and will have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday.

Boston’s Average Play & Standings

The Celtics have been playing .500 in their last 14 NBA lines starts and haven't looked too bad doing so. Despite a 5 game losing streak hiccup in February, they’ve been pretty solid on both sides of the court and are riding a 4 game win streak as of Monday. They sit 7th in the East with a 19-17 record and have a little fine tuning to do in order to climb up into the higher positions. One of Boston’s strengths is their small forward Paul Pierce, who – as usual – is the team’s leading scorer, a full 2.8 points per game above power forward Kevin Garnett.

Home Advantage

The 76ers will have the advantage of home court and have gone 14-8 this year in Wells Fargo Center. However, what might be of greater importance is the Celtics’ away play. They are 5-9 when they play on the road and haven't looked very good in a good portion of those games. If they want to make it deep into the playoffs, it’s time to change that record and they might not get a better chance to do so than this Wednesday night. With Philly’s recent struggles, any missed opportunity might add to the 76ers’ frustrations and attach more unwanted pressure to the team.

Elio’s Edge

Philadelphia. The Celts got nothing on the City of Brotherly Love. I just don't see Boston walking out of Philly with a win. Once considering their atrocious play on the road, it seems like the only logical option is the 76ers. Even though they’re 1-2 versus division teams this season and Boston’s 6-1, my gut feeling is Philadelphia. I’m thinking a 93-88 finish in the first of two meetings of the NBA lines season between these teams.

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