Philadelphia at Boson – Wednesday NBA Playoffs Pick
VietBet Pointspread: Philadelphia -1.5
VietBet Total Line: 204
The Atlantic Division tilt between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics in best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals continues this Wednesday night with Game 5. Tip-off from TD Garden is set for 8 p.m. on TNT.
Philadelphia at Boston Game Preview
Philadelphia finally lived up to expectations as a favorite for the first four games of this series with Monday’s 103-92 victory at home as a seven-point favorite. It will now have to find a way to keep this series alive with a win on the road after coming up short in its first two trips to Boston. The Sixers covered VietBet’s closing spread for the first time in four games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six outings.
Dario Saric had the hot hand on Monday night with a game-high 25 points while going 9-for-17 from the field. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were in double figures in both points and rebounds while TJ McConnell made the most of his shot in the starting lineup with 19 points. He connected on nine of his 12 shots from the floor. Still down three games to one, the youthful Sixers will need a duplication of this team effort on Wednesday to have any shot at returning this series to Philly for Game 6.
The Celtics had their chances to pull off the sweep in a tight game well into the fourth quarter, but their problems winning on the road persisted. They did win their first road game in this series 101-98 as heavy nine-point underdogs after dropping all three of their road games in the opening-round series against Milwaukee. The good news for Wednesday night is a perfect 6-0 record both SU and ATS at VietBet in their first six home games of this year’s playoffs.
Four of Boston’s five starters ended Monday’s game in double figures and Marcus Morris added 17 points off the bench. However, the Celtics did not have the best night shooting the ball; going 41.3 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three-point range. In the first two games of this series on their home court, they connected on better than 46 percent of their shots.
Philadelphia at Boston Free Game Prediction
Philadelphia finally showed why it has closed as a favorite in the first four games of this series. I like its chances to keep things interesting with a big win on the road in Game 5 both SU and ATS.