Philadelphia 76ers (-2.5) points v Boston Celtics – 10/11
The injury of Gordon Hayward is a major loss for the Celtics as he and Kyrie Irving were the marquee transfers for the franchise, the two of them were the two primary options in their attack.
Boston now have to find a completely new asset without Hayward. Boston lost the two first matches with Cleveland and Milwaukee – not by big margin mind you, but they showed that the loss of Hayward has had an impact.
Philly have a very young side, but it’s full of talent. They lost the first outing in Washington, however they’ve showed that the team can play very good basketball and this season they can perform better than they have in the past.
It’s first match at home for this season and they should be able to cover the handicap against this an injury-hit Celtics.
Over 202.5 points in Atlanta Hawks v Charlotte Hornets – 10/11
The Atlanta Hawks don’t seem to be a particular strong defensive team this year, and in the first match they conceded 111 points, but scored a whopping 117 to win it.
Charlotte might be better defensively overall, but this is just the second game for both of squads and usually at the start of the campaign the intensity on ‘D’ is not at its highest.
The line of 202.5 points looks there to be dunked in this one.
* All odds correct at time of posting.