The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in Game 7 of the NBA East Semifinals Playoffs at the TD Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 104 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 24.8 points and 2.9 assists, while James Harden is averaging 21.4 points and 8.4 assists. Tyrese Maxey is the third double-digit scorer and Tobias Harris is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics are averaging 115.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.3 points and 10.4 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.6 points and 3.5 assists. Marcus Smart is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.
The 76ers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The over is 7-3 in 76ers last 10 games playing on 2 days rest. The over is 8-2 in Celtics last 10 overall. The 76ers are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
I have zero idea what's going to happen in this game because the 76ers have been hit or miss outside of Embiid and I don't trust Doc Rivers. The Celtics have an inexperienced coach who looks lost half the time, and Tatum goes into these funks. The Celtics have also lost 3 times at home these playoffs. I do know the 76ers should see an improved Harden now that he's had multiple days to rest up. A Celtics blowout or a 76ers upset victory, nothing would surprise me in this game. So, I'm going to take my chances with the 76ers and the free points if forced to make a pick.