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Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 5/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers (57-34) at Boston Celtics (62-31)
Date & Time Wednesday May 9, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Boston Celtics +1.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in game five of the second round of the NBA playoffs at the TD Garden.

The Philadelphia 76ers need a victory here in order to save their season and force a game six on Friday. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 20.6 points and 12.9 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 18.7 points and 2.6 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Dario Saric is grabbing seven rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 38.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.7 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won 10 of their last 13 road games.

The Boston Celtics look to advance to the eastern conference finals with a win here to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 101.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 18.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while Terry Rozier is averaging 18.3 points and 6.1 assists. Al Horford is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won seven straight home games.

The 76ers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Wednesday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Celtics are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 home games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The 76ers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Boston.

The Boston Celtics have outplayed the 76ers in three of the four games this series and haven't lost a home playoff game yet. Even in their game four loss, the Celtics shot better from the field and from three. If the Celtics didn't have 15 turnovers and struggle to play key players due to foul trouble, who knows how that game four goes down. The 76ers aren't going to win many games shooting just 40.4 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from three. And it's just that, the Celtics defend their tails off and don't give Philly all these open looks that they were used to against the Miami Heat and toward the end of the regular season. The 76ers have to work for everything they get offensively, and the Celtics thrive in those ugly, defensive battle games. Throw in the crowd and the fact role players shine in the TD Garden, and the Celtics end things tonight, giving us a matchup against the Celtics and Cavs in he Eastern Conference Finals.

Boston Celtics +1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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