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(0-1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (1-0)
Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 2 – Game 2
Date: Thursday May 3
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -3
NBA Betting Total: 207
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The Celtics showed in game one that they are as game as ever, winning at home even though they were small underdogs. The win in an of itself was a surprise but essentially they pulled away even though there were super shorthanded. They have to hold the homecourt advantage in game two though.
Game one was the 76ers second loss over the last 20 or so games so they don’t need to panic. This is a group with a very young core so being a little deer in the headlights was probably to be expected.
It made sense for the 76ers to be favoured coming into game one. The fact that they lost should not be a shock but the way it went down has to be some concern.
Joel Embiid scored 31 points in the game. It led all scorers but when he was not on the floor the 76ers really struggled. The need to find a way to create better balance with their lineup.
Marco Bellinelli and Ersan Ilyasova are important pieces for Philadelphia. They are essentially the only key contributors for them off the bench and they did not provide much in game one.
The same could be said of Robert Covington. He did not make a shot from the floor and he kind of disappears when his offense is not where he wants it..
Needless to say this is a pivotal game for a really young group. I am not sure what the coach can do to light a fire either.
Boston is becoming one of the most interesting teams in the league over these playoffs. I don’t want to denigrate what they are doing but we are supposed to be in the era of the big star leading the way and they are showing that is not a requirement to success…if you are well coached and scrappy enough.
If they continue to advance the backcourt duo of Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart will be the reason. Rozier is proving to be an elite level scorer, it wsa just hard to see because his game is so close to Kyrie Irving’s. Smart is one of the toughest players in the league and he is showing that resilience can be a significant skill too.
After seeing game one I am not totally convinced that Boston is going to lose the series. If that is still going to happen odds are they fall in game two.
NBA Betting Trends:
- 76ers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Over is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Celtics are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Look for Philly to be better in this one. I am not sold on them making a run to the Finals but I expect improvement.
Boston may win this series but I think they play best when a little desperate. The G1 win gave them a little cushion.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Philadelphia -3
It is interesting how the opinion on the 76ers wasn’t really tarnished by the result of G1. They are favoured, perhaps a little more strongly.
NBA Free Score Prediction: 76ers 105 – Celtics 100
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