Boston Celtics (51-24) at Philadelphia 76ers (43-33)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +8 -- Over/Under: 213 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76res duke it out in Game 4 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The Boston Celtics will be looking to complete the series sweep against the 76ers after beating them by 102-94 on Friday. Kemba Walker led the team with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Jaylen Brown added 21 points with seven rebounds and three assists, while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Celtics shot just 41 percent from the field and eight of 31 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth in a tight contest, until the final 2:14 where they closed the game on a 10-0 run to steal the game. In the absence of the injured Gordon Hayward, Walker stepped up to shoot 10 of 20 from the field, while Tatum had a rare cold shooting night as he made just six of 19 from the field.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers are now staring down the barrel of a series sweep after dropping Game 3 to the Celtics on Friday. Joel Embiid led from the front with 30 points and 13 rebounds, Josh Richardson and Shake Milton each scored 17 points while Tobias Harris racked up 15 points with 15 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the 76ers shot a miserable 29 percent from the field and nine of 39 from the 3-point line as they hung in the contest on the strength of their defense, but they couldn’t buy a point in the final 2:14 and it cost them. Embiid shot just six on 20 from the field, Richardson shot five of 17 while Al Horford finished with just two points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The 76ers are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall.
Game 3 was just a game that the 76ers had to win to keep the series alive as the Celtics were vulnerable in their first game without Hayward, but their inability to find offense in the clutch cost them once again. Embiid did his best to impose himself in this series, but the 76ers just aren’t clicking right now and I feel this could be the end for them. I think the 76ers come out firing in this one, but in the end, I think the Celtics eventually win in a blowout.