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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
(0-1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics (1-0)
Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House| ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers +171 | Celtics -185
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers +4.5 | Celtics -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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The three-seeded Boston Celtics and sixth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers tip-off Wednesday at 6:30 with one side looking to be much more aggressive in this second game of the series.
The big issue in the first game loss to Boston was big man Joel Embiid didn’t get enough shots. Whether that falls on him or his coach it’s not acceptable.
No one on the Celtics can stop Embiid and post-game Embiid already noted 15 shot attempts aren’t enough for him to take. Expect a big adjustment in Game 2 and a big night from the center.
Despite his lack of touches Embiid still registered an impressive double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Josh Richardson (18), Alec Burks (18), Shake Milton (13), and Tobias Harris (15) were the other double-figure contributors with Harris also pitching in eight rebounds and eight assists.
The Sixers are trying to adept without the services of their All-Star Ben Simmons who is lost for the playoffs. Glenn Robinson III remains out with an oblique muscle strain.
The big news for the Bean Town crew is the injury to forward Gordon Hayward who sprained his right ankle in game one.
The team updated that Hayward’s injury is a grade three sprain that will keep him off the hardcourt for approximately a month.
The remaining stars will need to pick up the slack in the absence of Hayward. In Game 1, the Celtics got great contributions from their uber-talented wings.
Jayson Tatum dropping a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds while Jayson Brown added 29 points, four assists, and six rebounds.
Kemba Walker who was eased back into games slowly due to his sore knee played over 32 minutes chipping in 19 points and five assists.
Jaylen Brown is nursing a right thigh contusion but is expected to play Wednesday. Vincent Poirier (groin) is listed as probable while Hayward (ankle) as noted is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in PHI last 8 games as an underdog.
- Over is 11-4 in PHI last 15 overall.
- Over is 10-4-1 in BOS last 15 games as a favorite.
- PHI are 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Marcus Smart will likely get the start which pinpoints an existing issue for Boston. The Celtics bench produced eight points in total.
The 76ers need to take advantage of that factor and also need to apply more physicality on Tatum and Brown specifically.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers +4.5
If Brett Brown wants to keep his job he’ll have his entire team on board to make sure they get their big man the ball. Embiid also has to be stronger when handling the ball as he has a bad habit of being stripped which resulted in five turnovers in Game 1.
This game will define what to expect in this series and I’m expecting it to go six or seven games so take the 76ers, the points, and Philly for the win.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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