Boston Celtics (55-27) vs Philadelphia 76ers (52-30)Date : 05/05/2018
Time : 5:00 PM ET
Location : Wells Fargo Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers
With the Celtics leading 2-0 the scenery will shift to Well Fargo Center where the 76ers will welcome the Boston Celtics for a game three as they will try to avoid going down 3-0.
The 76ers will have to show up meaning they will need a great bounce-back game from Simmons after the awful game 2.
When leading 2-0 in a seven-game series the Celtics are likely to win the series, they are 36-0.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
The Celtics are starting to turn their doubters into believers, the way this Celtics team is playing it feels like they are missing no one in the starting lineup. The effort of this Celtics team is unbelievable to come back down 22 and win the game in front of their home fans before hitting the road is a great feeling to have nothing like a home cooking. The Celtics had 6 players scoring in double figures tonight.
Terry Rozier continues to pile up the points as he had 20 points 7 rebounds and 9 assists he has yet commit a turnover in the fourth quarter. The team assumes that Rozier is a one and done type player meaning he will have one huge game and disappear in the next two but that hasn’t been the case for Terry he has been shooting the ball so well from 3 point line in the last 3 games he went for 16 for 26 from range.
Give credit where is due Brad Stevens is one hell of coach what he is able to do with the core that he has is amazing, Stevens had created a system where he can plug and play players in and out of the system and will still get the same production out of the players.
Inserting Marcus Smart into the starting line up where he played 39 minutes might be the cause of why Simmons had only one point. Smart finished the game with 19 points in the game. Jayson and Jaylen combined for 34 points in the win. Brown came back with a bang and show no signs of the injured hamstring.
Horford is a very underrated center in the league he had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Al is so versatile for his size has he took Joel off the dribble and eventually icing the game for the Celtics. Horford has done a terrific job against Joel limiting him to only 20 points in game 2. He and Morris are the only two players with playoffs experience.
Player to watch: Terry Rozier, he will continue to put up great numbers for the Celtics as he never shies away from the limelight but instead he thrives under pressure.
Philadelphia 76ers's Latest Performance :
The Inexperienced 76ers showed up tonight after they blew a 22 point lead. It was easily their worst game of the year they had a chance to steal one road game from the Celtics but they couldn’t execute down the stretch.The 76ers were lacking effort tonight as they let game two slip out of their hands.
Ben Simmons managed to score only 1 point in 30 minutes of action as he shot the ball only 4 times the entire game, safe to say that Ben choked in game 2. The 76ers will need Ben to be more aggressive towards the rim, he is unguardable in the open floor as he should look to score as well on the break not only look his teammates. Great players know when to be selfish with the ball because they are able to single-handedly will their team to win. The reason why Ben Simmons doesn’t attack the basket as often is that he has no confidence in his free throw shooting something he has to figure out quick.
Joel Embiid had himself an okay performance dropping 20 points and 14 rebound as he was outplayed by Horford in the last few possessions. The thing I don’t get with Joel is that why isn’t he calling the ball on the block every single time down the floor the worst case scenario he gets foul and he shoots free throws.
The Philly shooters came to play tonight as Reddick and Covington combined for 45 points and 9 threes made between the two but their efforts were wasted as they could not pick up the win on the road.
Coach Brett Brown is starting to show signs of inexperience as he should have left TJ McConnell in the game he was +16 to end the game while Ben Simmons was a terrible -23 from the floor. When McConnell was on the floor he gave the team a boost of energy as the ball moves faster he had a key offensive rebound that led to a Covington 3 pointer giving them a one-point lead. If TJ would have stayed in the game the outcome of game 2 would have been different.
Player to watch: All eyes will be on Ben Simmons as everyone is eager to see how he will bounce after a one-point performance, he should look to be very aggressive in game three forcing them to send a double that would create wide open shots for his shooters. Simmons to play his heart out.
How Boston Celtics & Philadelphia 76ers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Against The Spread Selection: Philadelphia 76ers
My reason for the pick :
I still have faith in this 76ers team and I still trust the process the 76ers will learn from their mistakes and Ben Simmons won’t have back to back bad games as he will dominate his matchup.
76ers will put McConnell on Roizer to prevent him from having a good game. This will be the game that Joel Emiid shows up and shows us why he is the best center in the league.
76ers will win at home in game 3.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Betting trends for Philadelphia 76ers:
- 76ers are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.