Free NBA Series Pick: 76ers vs Celtics NBA Odds
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NBA Series schedule:
- Game 1: April 30, at Boston, 8:00PM
- Game 2: May 3, at Boston, 8:30PM
- Game 3: May 5, at Philadelphia, TBD
- Game 4: May 7, at Philadelphia, TBD
- Game 5 (if necessary): May 9, at Boston, TBD
- Game 6 (if necessary): May 11, at Philadelphia, TBD
- Game 7 (if necessary): May 13, at Boston, TBD
This is a classic Eastern Conference battle and one that is likely to be repeated a number of times over the next decade the way these teams are constructed. Boston had the better regular season record but are shorthanded.
Philadelphia was very impressive in their opening round series win over Miami. So much so that they are heavy favourites for this series. It is hard to argue with the logic, they are the hottest team in the NBA right now
The only knock against the 76ers from their series win over Miami is that they didn’t sweep. They were in control most of each game and got healthy with the return of Joel Embiid.
The logic that Embiid might struggle with the layoff and with being forced to go toe to toe with another giant in Hassa Whiteside was dispelled quickly. He was in midseason form and impressed.
So did Ben Simmons. He was a non factor from the perimeter shooting the ball but was still able to drive it in there and create opportunities for his teammates…especially the shooters.
Last series it was thought that Miami had an edges in coaching. If that was the case it certainly did not show up in the results. That will be the assumption again in this series.
Philadelphia seemed totally unphased in their round one series. A big difference will be starting the series on the road but does not look like it will pose too much of an obstacle.
It might have taken a max effort from the Celtics but they finally dispatched Milwaukee to advance. The injury woes of this team are well documented. No Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown is questionable.
Brown has developed a lot over the course of his second season and is a important contributor offensively and defensively. They need him to be one of the guys to guard Simmons.
If Brown doesn’t start I think Marcus Smarr slides into that spot. I know he is not a big time scorer but he makes things happen when he is on the court. They need him to be disruptive.
A lot of the time it will fall on Al Horford to guard Embiid. I think he can force him to be be a little uncomfortable but they need his offense too. More now than they have all season long.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Series Prediction:
With the pricing on this series it is easy to forget that Boston was the better team during the regular season. Still those number seem fair given the injuries and recent play.
At the current series price I am not seeing much value in either side. I like the 76ers to take it but don’t want to tie up my money for such a small payoff.
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