The 3rd Seed Philadelphia 76ers (54-28,25-16 Away) will take on the 2nd Seed Boston Celtics (57-25,32-9 Home). The Series is tied 2-2, and the Celtics will look to take a 3-2 lead with home court advantage. The Boston Celtics currently have the least odds of winning the NBA Championship. These two teams will play Tonight at 7:30 PM EST, at TD Garden, located in Boston Massachusetts. The matchup will air on TNT. If you are looking for the best betting odds and stats, here is information to know:
NBA Championship Odds:
Philadelphia 76ers: +1100.
Boston Celtics: +155.
NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics. (Game 5).
Spread: Philadelphia + 7.5, Boston -7.5.
C Joel Embiid (Questionable): Knee.
PF Danilo Gallinari (OUT): Knee.
•Philadelphia averages 104.9 points per game.
•Boston averages 119.1 points per game.
•Philadelphia ranks 4th in points allowed with 104.4 opponent points per game.
•Boston ranks 8th in points allowed with 111.9 opponent points per game.
•Philadelphia ranks 10th in rebounds per game with 43.6.
•Boston ranks 7th in rebounds per game with 44.3.
•Philadelphia ranks 6th in point differential at + 0.5.
•Boston ranks 1st in point differential at +7.2.
•Philadelphia ranks 4th in blocked shots with 4.9 per game.
•Boston ranks 2nd in blocked shots with 7.4 per game.
•Philadelphia averages 39 percent from the 3-point range, while Boston averages 39.6 percent from the 3-point range.
James Harden OVER 2.5 Threes.
James Harden has had some ups and downs in this series against Boston. Harden had 2 40 Point plus games, and two games under 20 Points. In Game 3, James Harden scored 16 Points, going 2-8 from the Three.
James Harden shot 66.7 Percent from the Three in Game 4, and 50 percent in Game 1. Game 2 Harden struggled and shot 0-6 from downtown. Overall. Harden is averaging 50 Percent at the TD Garden this Post Season and is shooting 42 Percent from the Three in the Playoffs this year.
Even if Boston has a plan for Harden, he is one of the best Three-Point shooters, especially with his deadly step back combo. I do expect Boston to challenge Harden with their two-way guards and to pick up on the screens. Give me Harden OVER 2.5 Threes.
Joel Embiid OVER 28.5 Points
Joel Embiid was out for Game 1 against Boston, and only scored 15 Points in Game 2. However, Embiid rebounded with 30 Points in Game 3, and 34 Points in Game 4. Embiid was an MVP candidate and is an elite. He can hit inside and outside, which is great for a big man. I truly believe Embiid will have to score over 30 points to keep up with the Celtics.
In 4 Games against Boston in the regular season, Joel Embiid averaged 36.8 Points Per Game. In 2 Games at the TD Garden this Postseason, Embiid averages 27 Points Per Game. In addition, he’s averaging more than 32 points on the road this season.
Al Horford Over 1.5 Threes.
Al Horford is an elite shooter, and he knows it. Horford quoted, “I mean, we’re just trying to keep it light, man. … I’m excited for this opportunity that we have. And, yeah. (T)he reality is that I am (an elite shooter), said Horford. “So, that’s kind of that.” (MSN).
Horford is a career 37. 4 percent Three Point Shooter and shot 48.1 Percent from the Three at Home this season. In addition, Horford shot 43.5 Percent beyond the arc against Philadelphia in the regular season. He’s shooting 35.3 Percent from the three this postseason, and hit 2 Threes the last game, and 5 in the game before.
With Jayson Tatum struggling, Horford is a seasoned veteran who knows how to space the floor. If Tatum continues to struggle, expect him to do some play making. Horford comes up big in clutch, and I can’t see a better game for him to have over 1.5 threes.
Robert Williams Over 1.5 Blocks.
Although Robert Williams III hasn’t played many minutes in the last two games, he’s been a defensive presence on the court. Williams has had 7 Blocks in the last three games, and I expect Boston to utilize him more this game.
Williams averages 1.4 Blocks at Home Games this season and is averaging 1.5 Blocks in the postseason. Give me Williams OVER 1.5 Blocks this game.
LAST 10 GAMES + GAME PREDICTION:
SPREAD: Celtics -7.5
-Philadelphia covered the spread in 8 of their last 10 games.
-Boston covered the spread in 6 of their last 10 games.
-Philadelphia has a 52-36-2 record ATS this season.
-Boston has a 52-40-0 record ATS this season.
-Boston is 27-19-0 in HOME games ATS this season.
-Philadelphia is 25-19-1 in AWAY games ATS this season.
Jayson Tatum was cold for most of the last game, and the entire game play was sloppy. The Celtics had a questionable last possession in overtime, which led to the loss. Boston is an extremely efficient team at home, and besides last game, the Celtics beat the 76ers by 7.5 in Games 2 and 3. They should have a better defense plan at home for James Harden. Give me Celtics -7.5.
MONEY LINE: Boston Celtics ML
-Philadelphia won the Money Line 8 out of their last 10 games.
-Boston won the Money Line 6 of their last 10 games.
The Boston Celtics have less than 10 losses at home this season. Although Boston lost Game 1 at home, the Celtics should have a better plan Harden. I expect better coaching and better ball out of Jayson Tatum. Give me Boston Celtics Money Line Here.
-Philadelphia Avg +/- vs O/U Line: +1.21.
-Boston Avg +/- vs O/U Line: +2.08.
-Philadelphia Overall O/U Record: 48-40-2.
-Boston Overall O/U Record: 49-41-2.
–Philadelphia hit the OVER 6 times in their last 10 games.
-Boston hit the UNDER 7 times in their last 10 games.
Both teams hit the over frequently in their last 10 games. In addition, 3 out the 4 games between these two teams hit the OVER. Give me the over here.
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