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2023 NBA Handicapping – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
(2-2) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (2-2)
Date: Tuesday, May 9th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Moneyline NBA Odds: 76ers +260 | Celtics -295 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -7
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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Game 5 of the semi-final series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics continues on Tuesday, May 9th. The teams return to Bean Town all knotted at two games apiece after Philly delivered a 116-115 overtime win making this a best-of-three series.
At this time, the 76ers are 53-36-1 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 25-19-1 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Celtics are 51-40-1 against the spread this season. Also, they are 27-19 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.
For the second time in the series, James Harden showed up to lead the 76ers to victory. Arguably his effort in Game 4 was even more impressive given the circumstances.
Harden registered 42 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, four steals, and a block while making six of his nine 3-pointers including the game-winning triple in overtime.
Although Joel Embiid registered a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds he looked gassed at the end of the game.
More concerning was how Al Horford seemingly took up space in his head as he blocked his shot four times in the match including three times in less than five minutes at the end of the fourth.
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…
- No injuries
While the Celtics lost Game 4 with Harden having another massive game it still felt like this was a game they should’ve won and was lost due to some poor decision-making and a lack of desperation.
Case in point, after battling back to erase a 16-point lead and leading by five in clutch time Boston resorted to bad habits and failed to learn from prior mistakes.
Joe Mazzulla once again failed to utilize two timeouts he had in hand which could have definitely come in handy, particularly on the last play of overtime when Tatum took too long to make the play as time ran out.
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points on an efficient 10 of 16 but took just three shots in the fourth and none in overtime. While this could fall on Brown for not being aggressive enough the coach also bears some responsibility to call actions for him to keep him invested.
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 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games.
- Also, the 76ers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against Boston.
- By comparison, the Celtics are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games.
- In conclusion, the Celtics are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games at home.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
These two clubs ranked second and third overall this season but unlike the Suns – Nuggets they haven’t delivered an exciting series and neither has looked like the team all others should fear advancing to the finals.
In terms of talent, depth, and system (plus Embiid’s injury) this should’ve been a series the Celtics could sweep or at worst take in five games.
Instead, they return to Boston knowing they’ll be coming back to Philly and the prospect of Embiid feeling better as the series progresses.
Joe Mazzulla said the play call to end overtime was for Tatum to have the ball and make the call but for Marcus Smart to be taking two critical shots while Brown stood in a corner isn’t the best use of his team’s talents.
What I know is the Celtics should be the more desperate team and should win this game but what I don’t know is which version of the Celtics will show up. Therefore I’ll take the points but give the Celts the edge to take the series lead.
4* Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Pick: 76ers +7
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