Philadelphia 76ers Playoff Betting Preview: Sixers vs. Celtics Odds And Info

Posted on August 17, 2020 - Last Updated on August 23, 2020

The four-month coronavirus-caused delay and return-to-play seeding games didn’t do much to answer the questions surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers.

  • Can Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid lead the 76ers past the second round of the NBA playoffs since 2001?
  • Can the pair of superstars stay healthy?
  • Is Brett Brown the right coach for the team?

Prior to the NBA’s restart, the 76ers were among the most-wagered to win their first championship since 1983.

However, Simmons’ likely season-ending knee injury changed the 76ers’ championship odds from +2000 to +5000. A lackluster 4-4 record in the seeding games and Embiid’s two exits due to injury didn’t help either.

Entering the playoffs as a No. 6 seed, the 76ers will take on the Boston Celtics as underdogs.

PlayPennsylvania will post 76ers odds and recap what turned out to be winning bets. Here are the results from their seeding games.

Sixers promos and bet boosts

Celtics vs. Sixers promos and bet boosts at PA online sportsbooks for August 23.

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • First Basket Bonus: Place a $25+ first basket scorer wager on any eligible game and earn $1 bonus in site credit for each point your selected player scores in the games. (Max bet $25)
  • Joel Embiid to score the first basket of the game boosted from (+330) to +430. (max bet $50)

Fox Bet PA

  • Embiid over 1.5 made dunks boosted from (+180) to +230
  • Kemba Waker over 2.5 made 3-pointers and Celtics win boosted from (+150) to +187
  • Jayson Tatum top point scorer of game boosted from (+190) to +250
  • Jayson Tatum over 1.5 made dunks boosted from (+250) to +300
  • Embiid to record a double-double and Sixers win boosted from (+270) to +320
  • Walker and Tatum to combine for over 65.5 points boosted from (+700) to +800

Tracking the Philadelphia 76ers’ odds

Odds via DraftKings:

 July 30
At restart
August 6
Simmons injury
August 17
Start of playoffs
August 21
Trailing Boston 0-2
August 23
Trailing Boston 0-3
Win NBA Championship+2000+3300+5000+15000+25000
Win Eastern Conference +750+1200+2200+10000+24000

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Celtics-Sixers playoff schedule

  • Game 1 Aug. 17: Philadelphia at Boston, 6:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 2 Aug. 19: Philadelphia at Boston, 6:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 3 Aug. 21: Boston at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 4 Aug. 23: Boston at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. EST, ABC
  • Game 5* Aug. 25: Philadelphia at Boston, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6* Aug. 27: Boston at Philadelphia, TBD, ESPN
  • Game 7* Aug. 29: Philadelphia at Boston, TBD, TNT

Sixers vs. Celtics betting preview

The 76ers are without Simmons, but Embiid is good to go after suffering a hand injury. The Celtics don’t have anyone to contain Embiid down low, but they are a healthier and deeper team. The 76ers will miss Simmons’ defense.

76ers vs. Celtics Series Line:

(via DraftKings)

  • PHI: +305
  • BOS: -400

According to DraftKings, betting splits for this series heavily side with Boston (94% of handle/84% of bets)

Total games played:

  • Over 4.5: -670
  • Under 4.5: +460
  • Over 5.5: -148
  • Under 5.5: +121
  • Over 6.5: +250
  • Under 6.5: -335

2020 Philadelphia 76ers betting preview

During the postseason (including seeding games), we bring you the 76ers’ odds via FanDuel Sportsbook, along with betting trends (from DraftKings) and how Philadelphia fares against the spread each and every game.

Game 1 (Aug. 17): Sixers vs. Celtics betting lines, odds and results

Moneyline: PHI: (+190)/BOS: (-230)
Spread: PHI: +5.5 (-108)/BOS: -5.5 (-112)
Total: 218 – Over: (-110)/Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via oddsFirePHI: 46%/BOS: 54%
Series Price: PHI: (+350)/BOS: (-480)
Odds to Win NBA Finals: PHI: (+6500)/BOS: (+1700)

76ers vs Boston Celtics Game 1 betting preview: 

  • The Celtics have won each of their last 11 Conference First Round games as favorites.
  • The Celtics cover the spread the 59.7% of the time, the highest percentage in the NBA.
  • When they are the underdog, the 76ers cover the spread 43.8% of the time.

Final score: Celtics 109, 76ers 101
Winning bet: BOS (-230), BOS (-5.5), UNDER
Did the 76ers cover: No
76ers player prop notes:

  • Embiid: 26 pts, 16 rebs
  • Burks: 18 pts, 6 rebs
  • Richardson: 18 pts, 6 rebs

Game 2 (Aug. 19): Sixers vs. Celtics betting lines, odds and results

Moneyline: PHI: (+176)/BOS: (-210)
Spread: PHI: +5 (-118)/BOS: -5 (-104)
Total: 215– Over: (-110)/Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via oddsFire: 67% of bets and 55% money for Boston Celtics.

Final score: Celtics 128, 76ers 101
Winning bet: BOS (-210), BOS (-5), OVER
Did the 76ers cover: No
76ers player prop notes:

  • Embiid: 34 pts, 10 rebs
  • Richardson: 18 pts
  • Milton: 14 pts, 4 assists

Game 3 (Aug. 21): Celtics vs. Sixers betting lines, odds and results

Moneyline: BOS: (-260)/PHI: (+215)
Spread: BOS: -6 (-110)/PHI: +6 (-110)
Total: 217 – Over: (-110)/Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via oddsFire: 79% of bets and 97% of money on the Spread is on Celtics. 65% of bets and 39% of money on the Moneyline is on 76ers

Final score: Celtics 101, 76ers 94
Winning bet: BOS (-260), BOS (-6), UNDER
Did the 76ers cover: No
76ers player prop notes:

  • Embiid: 30 pts, 13 rebs
  • Richardson: 17 points
  • Milton: 17 points

Game 4 (Aug. 23): Celtics vs. Sixers betting lines, odds and results

Moneyline: BOS: (-295)/PHI: (+240)
Spread: BOS: -7 (-110)/PHI: +7 (-110)
Total: 212.5 – Over: (-110)/Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via oddsFireBOS: 76%/PHI: 24%

We’ll continue to keep you posted on how the 76ers do against the PA sports betting lines and spreads until the very end, so keep checking back.

PA sportsbook NBA promos

PA sports betting apps are offering a number of promos for the NBA’s return, including bet boosts for the 76ers. One of the most generous offers is a new player sign-up offer from FOX Bet.

76ers Special: For the entire month of August, FOX Bet is offering new customers a pure lay-up for free money. For a $1 bet on any 76ers game, whether that bet wins or loses, you will receive $76 in FREE bets.

  • Sign up for FOX Bet PA and verify your account.
  • You must make a real-money deposit and opt in to the promo.
  • Place a single-game bet (on a 76ers game) for $1 — this must be your first wager after signing up.
  • Your $76 free bet will be credited to your account 48 hours after the game you wager on.
  • Only one 76ers bet in August qualifies for the promo.
  • Qualifying period: Aug. 1 at 8 a.m.–Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

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