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Celtics vs 76ers Prediction for the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals

Though one-handed and hobbled, the Celtics upset Philadelphia in Game 1 of their conference semifinals series. Can they pull off another win as underdogs? Grab your Celtics vs 76ers prediction!

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers

  • When: May 03, 2018, 8:30 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden
  • Spread: 76ers -4.5
  • Over/Under: 205.5
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Betting on the Celtics

The C’s won the first game despite everyone thinking they couldn’t.

That’s the thing about this team, it doesn’t give up. And, even hobbled as they are they keep on silencing the naysayers with the only thing that matters: wins.

But, it won’t get easier. They may have won the first battle, but the 76ers are sure to come out gunning in this game.

The Celtics are once more the underdogs, getting 4.5 points in Game 2 at their home court in TD Garden.

Boston, however, has proven themselves to their home crowd. They just need to keep on doing what they did in the first game.

Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, and Al Horford will have to step up once more in scoring as they did in Game 1 when they added a combined 83 points to the score between them.

Rozier kept his lights-out postseason going as the fill-in starting point guard for the injured Kyrie Irving. The 24-year-old knocked down seven three-pointers to end with 29 points in the series opener.

Their efforts were enough to balance out Joel Embiid’s 31-point showing and makes it clear they’ll have to work together to snatch another win.

They’ll also have to stick to what’s brought them this far: a solid defense.

It’s something Coach Brad Stevens concluded they need to do a better job at. “I didn’t think [the defense] was as good as any of the last three Milwaukee games,” Stevens commented. “There were parts about it that were good. But we have to clean up quite a bit. They exposed us in a lot of areas. They run great stuff. It’s hard to guard all those guys and all those actions.”

Betting on the 76ers

Despite all of the hoopla surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers entering their second-round series with the Boston Celtics, it was the C’s brought home the bacon in Game 1 with a convincing 117-101 victory.

The Sixers struggled bit time to knock down shots; in fact, Philly shot an abysmal 42.2% from the floor and 19.2% from beyond the arc.

With the exception of Joel Embiid (31 points, 13 rebounds) there weren’t any other notable performances from other players.

Rookie of the Year favorite Ben Simmons had 18 points, seven boards, and six assists but also committed seven turnovers.

Forwards Robert Covington (three points on 0-of-6 shooting) and Ersan Ilyasova (six points on 2-of-9 shooting) need to step up in this game.

However, despite losing Game 1, the 76ers still have a good standing in the NBA playoff series prices at a -231 bet.

Philadelphia has also proved to hold staying power with a +1000 moneyline in the NBA championship odds, which is much better than the Celtics’ +5000 bet to claim the NBA title.  

76ers vs Celtics Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 15-5 ATS in its last 20 games
  • Philadelphia is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games
  • Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games

Game Prediction: The 76ers are due to bounce back in this game, but it’ll be close. So I’m betting the Celtics will cover the spread at +4.5. 

 
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