Basketball Playoff Odds & Preview – Game 4: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
The way the Philadelphia 76ers closed the regular season, with 16 straight victories, then dusted off the Miami Heat in the playoffs in five games indicated they might have a lot more success dealing with the Boston Celtics, were most definitely short-handed going into their postseason action. But it’s been kind of a nightmare for Philadelphia thus far, and they are on the brink of elimination as they take on the Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, which begins at 6:05 PM ET on Monday at the Wells Fargo Arena. Remember that if you are a BetAnySports customer,you can place wagers in real-time after the game tips off, accessing the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
It seems that no matter who Boston is missing in the playoffs, they are able to compensate, and that’s obviously a huge credit to head coach Brad Stevens. Jaylen Brown, who was outstanding in the series against Washington, missed action early, and came back with 29 minutes in Game 3, scoring 16 points, but mostly it’s been the heroics of other players that have driven the Sixers up a wall. Rookie Jayson Tatum has averaged 24.3 points per game on 55.3% shooting, and he’s now got over 20 points in five straight playoff games. Terry Rozier has gotten a chance to shine brightly, making 50% of his field-goal attempts, including half his triples. And on defense, an area where Boston excels, ranking #1 in the NBA in Defensive Rating, they have taken advantage of Philadelphia’s inexperience.
In the NBA basketball playoff odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Philadelphia is the favorite as the 76ers are desperate to stay alive:
Philadelphia 76ers -6.5
Boston Celtics +6.5
Over 204.5 points -110
Under 204.5 points -110
Boston had to go seven games in the series against Washington, while Philadelphia had more rest, but still, they may have had too much “rust” in Game 1. But there are no excuses in the playoffs, and they had a lot of heart taken away from them by blowing a 22-point lead in Game 2. Two days ago, they made some late-game mistakes, including turnovers, and Stevens have the decisive edge over his counterpart, Brett Brown, when it came down to some critical inbounds plays.
But the Celtics also had a critical edge when shooting from in close. Boston made 17 out of its 21 attempts within four feet of the basket, and that was much better than Philadelphia’s 55% in that department. Now that is surprising, since Joel Embiid is a member of the Sixers, but he’s just 43.5% in this series. And rookie Ben Simmons, who is not an outside shooting threat, has committed 16 turnovers against 21 assists. Other Philadelphia team members are having a lousy time shooting the ball, including Robert Covington, who is only 27.6% accurate
Of course, if the 76ers can convert some of those short-range shots, it could be a whole different ballgame this time around. Embiid was just 10-26 in Game 3, so if he can impose himself in the lane, he can make all the difference right there. Yes, there is desperation, and we do know that Philadelphia’s much more talented than they’ve shown. Let’s have a little memory of what they were able to do down the stretch, as they salvage at least one victory out of this series, even though we would not hesitate to leave the price of -700 on Boston to win the series at BetAnySports, where you are welcomed with a great free play bonus and can take advantage of reduced juice before the game, to give you better value in the basketball playoff odds…… Remember also that when you make your deposits, you can do so with your Visa card, person-to-person transfers (like Western Union) and the virtual currency of Bitcoin, which is fast and easy with their automated system, and NEVER incurs a transaction fee!