Celtics vs. 76ers Prediction
The Philadelphia 76ers will look to "trust the process" again today as they attempt to avoid a sweep on their home floor against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Can Philadelphia finally earn a win and cover the spread as the favorites in Game 4?
501 Boston Celtics at 502 Philadelphia 76ers
Monday, May 7, 2018
Wells Fargo Center at 6PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the 76ers are a 6.5-point favorite to win on the spread line. The total is set at 205.5 points. As of Monday morning, 62 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Boston. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Tatum stellar again in Game 3
Celtics rookie small forward Jayson Tatum was the only player on his team to score 20 or more points in the 101-98 Game 3 upset win at Philadelphia, putting in 24 on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the way. He also added five rebounds, four assists and a steal. Additionally, Tatum was a team-best plus-24 in his 41 minutes on the floor. Tatum has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five playoff games and six of the last seven. He is averaging 18.1 points per game during the postseason, up from 13.9 in the regular season.
Embiid almost has 20-20 game
Sixers center Joel Embiid did not have his best shooting night in the Game 3 loss as he finished 10-of-26 from the floor, completing the game with 22 points. But he did do some fantastic work on the glass, ripping down a postseason-high 19 rebounds. It was his highest rebounding total since he had 20 in a 108-94 home win over the Hornets on March 19. For the season, Embiid averaged 22.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest in 63 games. His averages during the playoffs since missing the first two games are with a facial injury are 21.5 points and 12.8 rebounds.
NBA Betting Trends
Boston is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last six conference semifinals games.
The 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last four conference semifinals games. Philadelphia is 2-7 ATS in its last nine home games versus Boston.
This series has been a stunner, with the Celtics missing their biggest star in Kyrie Irving and still rolling to three straight series victories will the potential to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals tonight with a road win in Philly. While most bettors expected more out of the Sixers, perhaps they inexperience of this kind of playoff situation has overwhelmed them the first time through. But I believe it is too talented of a squad to get swept, especially with tonight being in Philadelphia. I expect Embiid, Ben Simmons and company to give an inspired performance tonight to cover the spread.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS -6.5