Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Tip-off: Friday, December 7, 2012 – 7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
As of right now, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday lead the Eastern Conference in assists. The star players had no difficulties racking them up the last time they met.
YouWager bettors will have a couple of chances to see these players meet this weekend when Rondo’s Boston Celtics and Holiday’s Philadelphia 76ers begin a home-and-home set at the Wells Fargo Center this evening.
The Celtics’ Rondo leads the NBA with 12.8 assists per game while Holiday is averaging 9.3.
The Sixers won 106-100 in the first meeting between these teams Nov. 9 at Boston that ended a six-game victory streak by the home team in this series. Holiday had 21 points and 14 assists and Rondo finished with 14 points and matched a season high with 20 assists.
Oddsmakers consider that the edge for the 76ers was mainly the play of Holiday’s backcourt mate Evan Turner, who had team highs of 25 points and 11 boards. At the time, Rondo’s backcourt mate was Courtney Lee, who scored six points.
Philadelphia has also won five of their last six at home against Boston, including the NBA playoffs.
According to the NBA basketball betting odds, these Atlantic Division foes have the same 10-8 records as they sit in third place behind the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. They also meet Saturday at the TD Garden.
Rondo returned Wednesday from a two-game suspension for a fight last week against Brooklyn and had 17 points and 11 assists in a 104-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Celtics split the games without him.
The Sixers are trying to avoid its first three-game slide after falling 105-88 to Minnesota on Tuesday. Turner scored 19 while Holiday was held to 13 — 5.2 below his team-high average.
Reserve guard Nick Young has missed the last two NBA games with a left big toe hyperextension, and said he may be able to return Saturday in Boston.