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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics 5/9/2023 Analysis, Predictions and Picks

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics 5/9/2023 Analysis, Predictions and Picks

East Semifinals – Game 5, Series tied 2-2

On Tuesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers are set to take on the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden. The 76ers, who are ranked third, have won three out of four away playoff games and are exhibiting average offensive efficiency in the postseason. In the previous game on Sunday, the 76ers managed to level the best-of-seven series by securing a 116-115 win over the Celtics at home.

It was James Harden, Philadelphia’s G, who made the game-winning three-pointer with only 19 seconds left in overtime and also scored the most points of the game, hitting 42 points. The team’s MVP, Joel Embiid, added 34 points (12-15 FT) and 13 rebounds to the scoreboard. The 76ers shot at an accuracy rate of 46 percent from the field. Additionally, they have made 39 percent of their shots from beyond the arc and have an 87.6 percent success rate from the free throw line. On the defensive end, the 76ers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are collecting 43.6 rebounds per game.

  • Philadelphia is 5-15 SU in their last 20 games on the road against Boston.
  • The 76ers are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games with a team in the Eastern Conference.
  • Philadelphia is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics 5/9/2023 Analysis, Predictions and Picks

The Boston Celtics are looking to make it back to the NBA Finals for the second year in a row, and they have the best offense in the playoffs. They rallied in the fourth quarter of Game Four, outscoring the 76ers by nine points to send the game to overtime. The Celtics, who are the second seed, made 17 of their 44 three-point attempts and shot 47 percent overall. All of their starters scored at least 10 points, with All-Star F Jayson Tatum leading the way with 24 points. All-Star G Jaylen Brown also had a strong game, scoring 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting and dishing out five assists. Malcolm Brogdon, the Sixth Man of the Year, added 19 points (6-13 FG) in 36 minutes off the bench. The Boston Celtics are hitting 39.5 percent of their threes and 83.1 percent of their free throws. They are holding their opponents to 37.5 percent shooting from deep and grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.

  • Boston is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games played in May.
  • Boston are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Tuesday.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics. The NHL Pick for this contest is the Boston Celtics. This Game Five matchup is critical for both teams, who are healthy and ready to compete. The 76ers play at the second slowest tempo in the playoffs and the Celtics are only slightly faster at 11th. Boston will rely on their strong defense and win a game that does not have a lot of points. My prediction: Boston Celtics 107, Philadelphia 76ers 99.

NBA Starting Time: 7:30 PM ET

Location:  TD Garden in Boston, MA

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023


NBA Odds/Point Spread: Boston Celtics -7.5

NBA Totals: 213.5


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