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Celtics vs 76ers Preview: Can The Celtics Survive The 76ers?

Despite playing with one hand tied behind their backs, the Celtics somehow managed to make it to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But, will the 76ers be the end of the road for The Green? Keep reading the Celtics vs 76ers preview.

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Conference Semifinals Celtics vs 76ers

  • When: April 30, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: TD Garden
  • Spread: 76ers -4
  • Over/Under: 205
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76ers Betting Analysis

The Sixers are crushing it. After their only loss in Game 2, they’ve turned berserk and seem to be unstoppable.

Philadelphia is now in full force with Joel Embiid back from injury which only heralds more doom and gloom for the Celtics.

Six players are scoring on average double digits including rookie Ben Simmons (8.2 PPG), J.J. Redick (20.0 PPG), Dario Saric (16.6 PPG), Marco Belinelli (16.6), and Ersan Ilyasova (10.8).

Not to mention what Embiid brings to the table which is strength and attitude.

Expect Boston to try to limit Embiid and Simmons by focusing their attention on them, but with so much depth in the 76ers’ ranks, it’s very unlikely they’ll be able to keep up.

Al Horford is a good matchup against either player, but since he can’t guard both at the same time it leaves a lot of holes open for Philadelphia to inflict heavy damage.

Besides that, Philadelphia is also a solid defensive team and they’ll make it a nightmare for the Celtics on offense. It might take a couple of games for the 76ers to adjust but in the end, they’ll figure the Celtics out.  

Celtics Betting Analysis

The Celtics earned their salt. Even without their two best players, they’ve made it this far.

But, Philadelphia is another animal. And, if they had to fight tooth and nail to beat the Bucks, the 76ers are likely going to tear them apart.

Boston is a hobbled team. They simply do not have the depth to keep up with Philadelphia. What’s worse is that Jaylen Brown, their most reliable scorer, is now injured. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum are struggling which leaves Al Horford, who is consistent but cannot carry the team on his back.

Though Boston is solid on defense, it’s hard to believe they’ll be able to keep up with so much talent on Philadelphia’s ranks. Not only that, the Celtics will have to contend with a solid Philly defense as well.

That said, the Celtics aren’t exactly going to roll over and tap out. Boston won’t make it as easy for Philadelphia as everyone believes and they’ll earn a couple of well-earned wins.

There’s no denying Boston’s grit and even if it’s probably the end of the line for them, they’ll give it a good fight.

Game Prediction: Beantown’s team will try to slow the pace of the game, tying up Embiid and Simmons as much as they can. But, the result will be the same. Philadelphia wins 112-100. 

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