Free NBA Pick: 76ers vs Celtics NBA Odds
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Date: Monday April 30, 2018
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -130, Celtics +150
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Game ones always set the tones and if this one plays to form the 76ers will flip the home court by winning on the road. They have been off for a while so there could be some rust.
There should be none of that for the Celtics. They pulled away from the Bucks in their game seven win and get to stay at home and have a day off of rest. This is a young team for the most part.
Philly is the hottest team in the NBA having lost one game in the last month (or something close to that). They carry huge momentum into this one but have not played in a while.
Given they already had Joel Embiid back in the lineup the extra rest is only so valuable. They have to avoid being a little too amped up in the first quarter I would think.
Embiid is going to be a huge factor in this game and throughout the season. It will be interesting to see how the Celtics want to guard him – with size, speed. Do they try and muscle him up. He is still young in the ways of the playoffs.
The same goes for Ben Simmons, though you wouldn’t know it from the way he has performed over the last couple of weeks. I still don’t understand how he does so much damage off the dribble for a guy who can’t shoot.
Philadelphia won and covered in both of their road game against Miami. They were small favourites just like they are in this one.
This is the second round of the playoffs so I think it is time to stop talking about who is not going to be on the court for Boston and start talking about who is. During the season there was a clear hierarchy for Boston but there was a lot of democracy too. They have become even more democratic in the playoffs.
Through three games Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown are within four total points. That threesome has not been filling it up the basket with those classic dominant games that will a team to victory which is probably why Boston needed all seven games to beat Milwaukee. Of the three Rozier has the type of game that can most fuel an explosion.
Not far behind that group is rookie Jayson Tatum. He or Brown is likely to get the responsibility of guarding Simmons which will take energy and hustle and their offense might struggle as a result. Still I like Boston’s chances to hold him in check.
NBA Betting Trends:
- 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Under is 4-0-1 in 76ers last 5 Monday games.
- 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Over is 8-1 in Celtics last 9 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
This is a small number so in all likelihood whoever wins the game likely covers too. The first quarter is very likely to tell close to the whole story.
Boston took three of four during the season but even though these teams are in the same division they have not played each other since January. A lot has changed since then.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ML
It is so interesting that a home win would be an upset but that is the case. I think Boston gets that first win in a close one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 103 – 76ers 99
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