Philadelphia 76ers (56-32) at Boston Celtics (60-30)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +4 -- Over/Under: 206 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in game two of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the TD Garden.
The Philadelphia 76ers would love to tie up this series at 1-1 before going home for game three on Saturday. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 112 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 21.8 points and 11 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 20 points and 2.7 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Dario Saric is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 41 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.2 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won 10 of their last 12 road games.
The Boston Celtics look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead and build on their overwhelming confidence. The Boston Celtics are averaging 104.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 101.8 points on 49 percent shooting. Al Horford is averaging 19.1 points and 8.5 rebounds while Terry Rozier is averaging 19 points and 6.6 assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Jayson Tatum is grabbing five rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won six straight home games.
The 76ers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games, 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Jaylen Brown has been listed as doubtful despite saying Tuesday that he will play in this game. Either way, the value is with the Celtics and the points. The Boston Celtics are a confident bunch that has the defensive bodies to throw at the 76ers, while Horford and Rozier are getting whatever they want offensively. The 76ers were getting cooked in game one, and it's not like this is an elite defensive club that will be able to turn thigns around. The Celtics should be able to repeat their past performance and give themselves a chance to win. The Celtics are also 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games when an underdog. The 76ers have failed to cover four of their last seven games when a favorite by at least four points. Give me the points.