Boston Celtics (57-25) at Philadelphia 76ers (54-28)
Game Info: Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EST (Wells Fargo Center)
Betting Odds: Celtics (-2.5) / Over/Under (212.5)
Pick: 76ers (ML)
In one of the biggest games in recent memory for the Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday night brings us a crucial Game 6 inside Wells Fargo Center, where they have the chance to send the #2 seeded Boston Celtics home.
Boston has really put their backs against the wall now as they have put themselves in the position where they need to head into the raucous Philadelphia crowd and take one from the 76ers if they want their season to continue. Last time out, as a hefty 8-point favorite inside TD Garden, they were not able to get the job done, falling by a score of 115-103. In that game, Joel Embiid once again did his thing, but Tyrese Maxey was the role player who was able to step up for the 76ers when they needed it most. Now facing elimination, Boston will need to close up the gaps on the defensive end if they are to shut out the home faithful in Thursday night's battle. Can Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown get the support they need to send this series into a Game 7?
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Philadelphia is now 1 step closer to completing a huge upset. With a 3-2 series lead, with a home game, there has not been a better scenario that the 76ers have had in the Embiid era to have the chance to compete in an NBA Finals series. In saying that though, the odds are still in favor for the Celtics to push this one to the limit, so the 76ers will need to be locked in from the jump to get the home crowd behind them all night long. Even though many did not expect Philadelphia to be able to steal 2 games on the road in this series, now that they have done so, it is vital that they pounce on the opportunity in front of them as a Game 7 inside TD Garden is surely not something that they want to be apart of. Can Embiid and Co. deliver one more masterclass to take down their Eastern Conference foes to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals?
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Philadelphia is 31-18-2 ATS when playing on equal rest as the opposing team
- The 76ers are 6-2-1 ATS in Playoff games
- The over is 8-3 in Celtics Playoff games
I am all in with the vibes that the 76ers squad is emitting right now. They all genuinely seem like they are rooting for each other and are beginning to reap the benefits from the work they have put in all season long. Although this Celtics squad may have more experience at this particular point in the Playoffs, this is the 76ers year in the East. Joel Embiid just was given the MVP award, and what better way to celebrate that then to send the Celtics home to punch your ticket to the next round. Once again, give me Philly ML!
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