Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers prediction and betting tips (December 1)

Emmanuel Ifabiyi
By Emmanuel Ifabiyi

The Celtics vs 76ers is set to be another blockbuster game as two giants in the Eastern Conference face up. This will be their third meeting in the 2023-24 NBA season.

The game that promised to be entertaining and nerve-wracking is a battle of powerhouses as Boston Celtics, who is currently first in the Eastern Conference, will be looking to extend their win streak to two, while the 76ers, fourth in the league, will be looking to go back to winning ways after falling to the Pelicans on the road. 

The match starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, 1 December 2023. The game time by GMT is 00:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. The match venue is TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.  

Betting tips and match predictions for the Boston Celtics vs 76ers (Dec 1) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.

Celtics vs 76ers latest odds on betting sites

The Boston Celtics’ moneyline odds are priced at 1.62 (-161 American), while the 76ers’ moneyline odds are priced at 2.32 (+132). 


Celtics -3.5: 1.90 (-111)

76ers +3.5: 1.90 (-111)

Celtics vs 76ers box score and statistics

Boston Celtics cruised past the Chicago Bulls in their last game to clinch their group in the newly introduced NBA in-season tournament. The Celtics won the game 124-97 as Jaylen Brown went off on the Bulls. 

  • Brown led the Celtics in scoring with 30 points and followed up with six assists and eight boards.  
  • Jayson Tatum was next in line with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Al Horford dropped 16 points and 9 boards, while Derrick White and Jrue Holiday scored 14 points each.

Team statistics: 47/90 (52.2%) field goals, 21/49 (42.9%) 3-pointers, 9/12 (75.0%) free throws, 36 assists, 52 total rebounds, 9 blocks, 6 steals, 16 turnovers.

Celtics team news: Kristaps Porzingis (calf) is ruled out for the game

The 76ers lost to the Pelicans on the road in their last time out. Pelicans’ Zion Williamson bullied the Philadelphia 76ers in the paint by taking advantage of Joel Embiid’s absence. Due to an illness, the 7-foot Embiid was ruled out just before tip-off, leaving Philadelphia without its best player. The 76ers lost 114-124 to the Pelicans.

  • In the absence of Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey, a revelation this season, stepped up and led the team in scoring with 33 points, adding 3 dimes and 2 steals.
  • De’Anthony Melton followed up with 17 points and 6 assists, while Tobias Harris added 12 points. Robert Covington and Patrick Beverly scored 12 and 11 points from the bench, respectively.

Team statistics: 42/81 (51.9%) field goals, 14/34 (41.2%) 3-pointers, 16/18 (88.9%) free throws, 28 assists, 30 total rebounds, 8 steals, 7 blocks, 21 turnovers.

76ers team news: Danuel House Jr (quad) and Kelly Oubre Jr (ribs) are ruled out for the game, while Jaden Springer (illness) and Joel Embiid (illness) are listed as probably.

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers H2H

The last time they faced off, the Celtics won 117-107 at the Wells Fargo Center. This season, the Series is tied 1-1, as the 76ers also won the first encounter against the Celtics.

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers lineups and key players

Boston Celtics projected starting lineup: 

Point guard: Jrue Holiday

Shooting guard: Derrick White

Small forward: Jaylen Brown

Power forward: Jayson Tatum

Center: Al Horford

Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. He averages 27.7 points per game this season and is the Celtics’ go-to man. He has been on fire lately, putting up 29.8 points per game in his last five games.

Philadelphia 76ers projected starting lineup: 

Point guard: Tyrese Maxey

Shooting guard: De’Anthony Melton

Small forward: Nicolas Batum

Power forward: Tobias Harris

Center: Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid is the key player to watch out for. He leads the NBA in points per game with 32.0 ppg and has been in MVP form again this season. Joel Embiid’s absence was hugely felt in the loss to the Pelicans, as the 76ers had little or no protection.

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers predictions and betting tips

This is going to be one hell of a game! The last time they faced off, Jayson Tatum and Derrick White went off on the 76ers with 29 and 27 points, respectively. The fact that the Celtics played that game without Jaylen Brown and Porzingis and still won comfortably showed that they don’t need the stars to edge out big teams; their system is effective regardless of who’s playing. 

Now, Joel Embiid is probable for this game, which makes things worse for the 76ers. The 76ers have been shorthanded since Kelly Oubre’s injury, and it will be hard to see them blow past the Celtics when they are not at full strength. Even if Embiid suits up, the Celtics presently are just too good for the 76ers. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 227.5 points.

Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win Odds: 1.62 (-161 American)