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2023 NBA Handicapping – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
(0-0) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (0-0)
Date: Monday, May 1st
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Moneyline NBA Odds: 76ers +400 | Celtics -450 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -10
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 213.5
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Monday, May 1st the semi-finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics tips off. Philly got some extra rest as the only club to sweep their first-round opponent while the Celtics took six games to dispense of the Hawks.
Ironically both teams tried to secure the top seed to avoid having to play two of the three best teams (record-wise) but Miami took care of the Bucks so now the winner will face either the Heat or the Knicks.
At this time, the 76ers are 51-34-1 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 24-18-1 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Celtics are 49-38-1 against the spread this season. Also, they are 26-18 ATS as the home team
Boston won the season series 3-1 with victories on October 18th (126-117), February 8th (106-99), and 25th (110-107) while the 76ers took the final meeting 103-101 on April 4th.
Boston holds the all-time advantage having won 267 times of the club’s 463 meetings, last year the teams played four times with the Celtics winning three of the four contests.
The teams have a long history of meeting in the postseason facing each other in 21 times with Boston possessing the advantage 14 to 7 including the last meeting in 2020 when the Celts swept the 76ers.
Although both teams have demonstrated why they ranked in the top three of the league when it came to facing each other the Celtics had the Sixers number.
The lone victory the Sixers collected featured a Celts lineup missing both Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams III and Philly still needed 52 points from Joel Embiid to garner a two-point victory.
This obviously raises the 76ers’ biggest concern to start this series with Embiid listed as doubtful as he progresses back from a knee sprain suffered in the first round.
Can Harden and Maxey keep the 76ers competitive until Embiid returns and how mobile will Embiid be once he does?
So far this season, the 76ers score an average of 115.2 points per game ranking 14th. Philly shoots 48.7% from the field and 38.7% from the perimeter, ranking sixth and first respectively.
What’s more, defense is where the 76ers make their mark allowing the third-fewest opponent points per game with 110.9 and the fifth-best perimeter defense at 34.8% while ranking 14th for opponent field goal percentage allowing opponents to shoot 47.3%.
To summarize the injury report…
- Joel Embiid C (downgraded to doubtful —knee)
- Danuel House SG (questionable — illness)
While the 76ers and Embiid got extra rest because the Celtics took six games to close out the Hawks, that advantage flips to Boston when the teams head to Philly as they’ll play every other day instead of getting three days’ rest between Game 2 and Game 3.
Boston surely won’t take the Sixers for granted like they did (at times) with the Hawks but Joe Mazzulla will need to make sure they don’t just assume they’ll win if Embiid can’t go.
Something to keep an eye on in this series is the perimeter shooting of the Celtics. When they shoot 40 percent or better they are 37-3 but when they shoot below that mark they’re 27-25.
On the positive side, Boston claims the fourth-best point production averaging 117.9 points per game. In terms of efficiency, they shoot 47.5% from the field and 37.6% from the perimeter ranking 15th and sixth respectively.
Presently, opponents average 111.4 points per game which rank fifth. Celtics opponents are limited to 46.3% from the field and 34.5% from the perimeter ranking fifth and fourth respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Danilo Gallinari, SF (OUT indefinitely — ACL)
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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Trends:
- All in all, the 76ers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- Also, the 76ers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against Boston.
- By comparison, the Celtics are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games.
- In conclusion, the Celtics are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Both clubs enter this series believing the winner will have the best shot of reaching the finals since it would be a huge upset for the eighth-seeded Heat or fifth-seeded Knicks to beat them in the next round.
Boston’s depth is their greatest advantage while the 76ers will need James Harden to prove he won’t wilt under the postseason bright lights and can remove some of the pressure off a hobbled Embiid.
Game 1 is always the feel-out match with oddsmakers favoring the Celtics by a healthy spread margin.
If the Bean Town Crew shows up expecting an easier task without the big man they’ll be in a dogfight but if they learned their lesson in round 1 they’ll take advantage of Philly missing the likely 2023 MVP.
Big surprise — I’ll take the points but the Celtics to win, with a higher combined point tally than projected.
4* Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Pick: 76ers +10
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