Date/Time: May 26, 8:00 PM EST
NBA Betting Odds from BetDSI
ATS: Boston -5.5
NBA Betting Game Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia’s last 12 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing Boston
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 8 games when playing Boston
- Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games
- Boston is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
- Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games at home
The 2012 Eastern Conference Finals will be set on Saturday night in Beantown with NBA betting action between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. The winner of this game will take on the Miami Heat starting on Sunday after this nervy Game 7 at the TD Garden.
We really give the 76ers all of the credit in the world for coming up with such a great run here in the postseason. The No. 8 seed in the East has done it all right. We tend to forget that the Chicago Bulls, even after Derrick Rose got hurt, were still one of the best teams in the league this year, and if anyone thought that Philly wasn’t legit, that has been disproven here against Boston. Home court advantage did play a huge role, and Boston Head Coach Doc Rivers admitted as much after the Sixers took Game 6 to send this series back to Beantown for a do-or-die game. Andre Iguodala might not be the true statistical leader of the team, but he is doing just about everything that he needs to do to make sure that he puts the team on his back, coming up with some flat out awesome plays on both ends of the court. Watch out for Jrue Holiday, who has rebounded from a slow start to this series to log 20 points in Game 6. He is the team’s leading scorer at 15.9 points per game here in the postseason.
The hallowed court at the TD Garden is usually a place where opponents go to die, especially in big time games like this one. That being said, we have seen Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett get beaten in this very spot in a Game 7 against the Orlando Magic a few years back, and that could be the case again in this one. Garnett has once again been stirring with his mouth, and that might have been part of the reason that the Philly fans were on his case every step of the way on Wednesday night. Still, he is the best big man on the court on either side, and his move to the center position this year really did spark the major change for the C’s. Rondo is the man that the Sixers are having all sorts of trouble keeping up with, but this is nothing new against a player that is already one of the top triple-double producers in postseason history in the NBA.
We really love what Philadelphia has done this year, but we still look back at these Celtics and think that they are a touched team. They got the benefit of not having to play the Bulls, and they might draw the Heat without Chris Bosh as well. Even without Avery Bradley in the fold, we still think that the veteran savvy will rule the day over youth and exuberance.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics Game 7 Pick: Boston Celtics -5.5
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