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Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Preview & Free Pick

NBA Handicapping Predictions – Celtics vs 76ers

Philadelphia has made this a tough series for the Celtics, but the 76ers are now on the brink of elimination.

NBA Basketball Matchup: #4 Boston Celtics (3-2) vs. #8 Philadelphia 76ers (2-3)
Date/Time: May 23, 8:00 PM EST on ESPN
NBA Gambling Odds from BetDSI
NBA Betting Favorite: 76ers -2
Over/Under: 175.5

Matchup | Preview

Doug Collins’ team heads home to try to even up the series and force a deciding Game Seven in Boston.

This has been a tight series all the way. Who will have the edge in Game Six?

Boston got a career performance out of Brandon Bass to roll to a 101-85 win in Game Five. Bass hit 9 of 13 shots from the floor and 9 of 10 shots from free throw line. Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 14 assists in a very efficient performance.

Kevin Garnett continued his strong play in the playoffs. Ray Allen continues to struggle with his shot, and you have to think that if Boston is going to win another NBA title they’ll need much more out of Allen.

The Celtics got to the charity stripe 33 times in Game Five, and I think that was the big difference. Boston is at their best when they are aggressive offensively. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Philadelphia’s defense has been terrific all year, but the defense really let them down in Game Five. The Celtics got tons of open dunks and that gave them plenty of confidence on the offensive end. Collins expects a better effort from his team on the defensive end in Game Six.

The 76ers depth is a major strength, and the best way they can score against Boston is by getting out in transition. Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner are guard/forwards who can push the tempo, and they’ll need to have a big game in this one.

The 76ers have been winning the battle on the boards in this series, and they need to convert on their second chance opportunities.

This feels like a series that will go the distance. The 76ers have shown a lot of pride so far in the playoffs.

Look for a hard fought win from Philadelphia.

Free NBA Pick: 76ers -2

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