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(2-0) Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers (0-2)
Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 2 – Game 3
Date: Saturday May 5
Time: 5:00PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -500, Celtics +400
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -9
NBA Betting Total: 206.5
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The Celtics were kind of left for dead but now it looks like they might be staring down another date with the Cavaliers in the conference finals. Even though the games were in Boston the Celtics were underdogs both times, and even greater underdogs despite the recent results.
Is this where the Process stops? I was beginning to get sold on Philadelphia so I am down on this group right now. It seems their limitations have been identified.
Being up 2-0 must feel pretty good. I think it is fair to say Boston is in control but the 76ers should be more comfortable on their home floor. This series is not quite over.
He was’t great but Jaylen Brown returned to action in game two. He lengthens their rotation, provides another scorer and gives them options against Ben Simmons. All of which are important in beating the 76ers.
He didn’t score a ton but Al Horford was tops on the team with a +21. He had a double-double and helped contain Joel Embiid. He was one of six double figure scorers for Boston in the victory. That’s nice balance.
Jayson Tatum was the leading scorer for the Celtics with 21 points, and the emerging duo of Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier has 39.
In game two Boston did not play great but still got the win. They are proving that you don’t necessarily need stars to win in the playoffs. You need players that will rise to the occasion.
Where we are in the Process is to be determined but at the very least it needs to get back on track. Philadelphia dropped game two to put themselves into a huge hole. They return home having lost back to back games for the first time since February.
Speaking of getting back on track though, after a no show performance in the series opener Robert Covington found the range again with 20 points. Meanwhile Ben Simmons had his worst game of the season with just one point. His inability to take or make a shot really hamstrung Philadelphia.
Joel Embiid was mortal in game two. He might have got some points and boards but he was not efficient and when you combine that with Simmons’ near zero performance you have a couple of young players with a lot to think about coming into this one. Will they rise to the occasions? Do you want to bet on it?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games.
- Over is 8-1 in Celtics last 9 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 8-1 in Celtics last 9 games following a straight up win.
- Over is 4-0 in 76ers last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- 76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
I see the 76ers getting back into the series in this game but they are not going to dominate. Just win.
I can see Boston coming out strong though so there could be some good in game wagering opportunities.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics +9
I think this number will probably be bet down a little as the game approaches so don’t wait if you also like the Boston side.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 107 – Boston 100
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