3 Bold Predictions for Sixers vs. Celtics (Back Seth Curry, Joel Embiid in Boston)

Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry. / Mitchell Leff-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will head to Boston for a division rivalry game with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. 

Boston opened as a 4.5-point favorite in this game, but the line has since moved to Celtics -3.0 at WynnBET

A couple of our editors love some Joel Embiid props in this game, and here are my three bold predictions for Sixers-Celtics: 

Bold Predictions for Sixers vs. Celtics

  • Joel Embiid OVER 10.5 Rebounds (-115)
  • Seth Curry OVER 13.5 Points (-125)
  • Sixers First Quarter Moneyline (+105)

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Joel Embiid OVER 10.5 Rebounds (-115)

Boston is ninth in the NBA in rebounding percentage, but Boston plays a smaller big in Robert Williams which could cause problems down low. 

Over his last two games since he returned from COVID-19, Embiid is averaging 13.5 rebounds per game and has played 37.6 minutes per game. I think that Embiid continues his dominance against the Celtics and if Jaylen Brown is out for Boston, there will be plenty of defensive rebounds to be had as well. 

Seth Curry OVER 13.5 Points (-125)

I am shocked that Curry’s prop is set this low even though Embiid is back in the lineup. 

Seth is averaging 16.2 points per game this season and has taken double-digits shots in all but four games this season. He has gone over this number in three straight and four of his last five. 

While Boston has a solid defensive rating (fifth in the NBA), it is vulnerable from beyond the arc, allowing 12.3 3-pointers per game this season. I think Curry can take advantage of the extra attention Boston will likely pay Embiid tonight in the post. 

Sixers First Quarter Moneyline (+105)

I’m all over the Sixers in this one, and I’m surprised that this line is at plus odds for Philly given that it is just a three-point dog on Wednesday. 

The Celtics are one of the worst first quarter scoring teams in the NBA, averaging just 24.9 points per game (27th) while the Sixers put up 28.0 points per game in the first quarter (eighth). 

Don’t be surprised if Boston gets out to a slow start against a Philly team that has one of the more dynamic offenses in the league.