NBA betting market report: Daily picks, advice for Monday 12/20

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Welcome to the daily NBA betting market report, your source for analysis on the betting lines for the day in professional hoops. For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter, or check out The Edge daily at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

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Market Report for Monday, December 20th

It seems like it’s been a long weekend, but that might just be due to the slog of information on COVID absences that makes it feel that way. The NBA is an absolute mess right now, so make sure to stay up to date on this information as it changes regularly. Here you can find the NBA’s official injury report which is updated at the 30-minute mark of every hour and it includes players listed in Health & Safety protocol. Make sure to check it each hour. I also saw that some of you followed my list of NBA writers when I linked it out last time. Let me know if you think it needs any additions and I will happily oblige!

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

**Lines are opening numbers

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

As of this morning there is no game line here because we do not know if this game is even going to be played. Philadelphia had its contest with New Orleans postponed yesterday when Andre Drummond and Shake Milton were placed into COVID protocol. Furkan Korkmaz and three others were already unavailable, and multiple 76ers including Joel Embiid were questionable to play. The result was that Philadelphia potentially did not have enough players to field the minimum of eight, so the game was pushed back. Should Embiid, along with Danny Green or Tyrese Maxey, be available tonight it looks like this game is going to be played. However, there is no line and no way I would get involved here with all the noise around it. Boston has its own problems. Seven players, including Al Horford, Josh Richardson and Grant Williams, are in COVID protocol and will miss this game. Dennis Schroder is questionable with a non-COVID illness and Jayson Tatum is questionable with an ankle injury. This is an easy one to scratch off the card for betting purposes.

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