Having been the leader in the Atlantic Division for so long, the Philadelphia 76ers now find themselves having to play catch-up behind the Boston Celtics when the teams meet on Sunday. After their recent slide, there is a real danger that the 76ers could drop out of the NBA play-offs altogether.
How Sixers coach Doug Collins would love to re-capture the form that saw his side twice demolish the Celtics earlier this season. On their previous visit to Boston, a 103-71 victory looked set to confirm them as the class of their division. No longer.
Boston has won 16 of its last 23 games and with Ray Allen back from injury, they look poised stretch their lead over their rivals to three games. Expect them to win by more than 4 at 1.91.
The Houston Rockets have suddenly propelled themselves into the ranks of teams to be feared with six wins from nine. With Kyle Lowry due back in the coming days, the momentum generated by recent wins over Chicago and Memphis should carry them into the post-season.
On Sunday, they travel to Sacramento to take on a Kings side that has gone only 14-14 at home this season. Defensively they’ve been terrible, giving up an average of 104 points per game, a tally which has increased during their recent run of 2 wins from 10. Take Houston to win at 1.65, with Sacremento available at 2.3
Bet of the Day: Houston to win at Sacramento at 1.65.