Boston looks to close-out the 76ers in Game 6

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Boston Celtics
vs.
Philadelphia 76ers

Date/Time: May 23, 8 PM EST

Television: ESPN

NBA Betting Odds from Vietbet

ATS: Philadelphia 76ers -1.5

Total: 174.5

 

NBA Betting Game Trends

Boston Celtics

  • Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games
  • Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 7 games when playing Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games when playing Boston

 

Boston will finally have a chance to close-out this best-of-seven contest on Wednesday night after taking a 3-2 series lead with a 101-85 victory in Monday night’s Game 5 as a 5.5-point home favorite. The Celtics opened things up with a tight 92-91 win in Game 1 as 5.5-point home favorites, but the pesky 76ers have dogged them every step of the way with wins in Game’s 2 and 4 to keep things even. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of the five games and in the last three.

There is little question that Boston is the deeper and more talented team between the two, yet it only seems to play to that level when it hits a certain level of urgency. This is not to say that the Celtics would look forward to playing a Game 7 at home on Saturday, but you have to wonder what level of intensity the team will bring into Wednesday night’s game.

With head coach Doug Collins at the helm, there is no need to question the intensity level that his team will bring to this game. With a roster of over-achievers that includes maybe one legitimate star in Andre Iguodala, the 76ers have exceeded everyone’s expectation in these playoffs except their own. This team has been outscored, outshot, and outrebounded by Boston, but Philadelphia continues to out-hustle its Atlantic Division rivals which might be just enough to snag one more victory at home before calling it a season.

The tale of the tape has not always been pretty for Philadelphia with a 41.3 shooting percentage from the floor and 31.9 percent from three-point range. It is hitting just 70.4 percent of its attempts from the foul line, but managed to win Game 4 by hitting all its free-throws late in the fourth quarter. Balance remains the key for the 76ers, with five different players scoring in double figures led by Jrue Holiday’s 15.5 points a game.

Prediction

Boston should be able to go on the road and win this game handedly, but that will not be the case as Collins squeezes one more epic performance out of his team. Stick with 76ers to once again find a way to pull-out a win to go the distance in this series in the same vein as Philly’s mythical hero Rocky once did against a bigger and stronger opponent. Philadelphia 88 Boston 86

 

 

 

Dave Schwab

Dave Schwab

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