Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers collide in Game 7 from TD Garden. The Celtics are -5.5 point favorites over the 76ers with an over/under point total set at 171.
Head to head, the 76ers are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings, while the favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 76ers on the other hand are 11-23 ATS in their last 34 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
In one of the uglier games in this seasons playoffs, the 76ers starved off elimination by taking down the Celtics 82-75 on Wednesday night to force a deciding Game 7. Like they did at home in Game 5, Philly managed to take control of the second half, outscoring the visitors by double digits after the half time break. Philly went only 60% from the free throw line and connected on only one of their nine three point attempts, yet that was enough as they held the Celtics to just 33% shooting, which was one of their worst shooting performance in a playoff game since the big three originally formed. Jrue Holiday led the five 76ers players in double figures, while Paul Pierce had a game high 24 points for the visitors.
After the first two games of the series were decided by a single point, we have seen things open up in the last four games as each contest has been decided by seven points or greater. Seeing as these teams have obviously won three games apiece, it’s not crazy to think that the 76ers could actually pull of the win here. Having said that, the Celtics have been there before and they are a veteran group, plus they are 17-4 in Game 7’s under Doc Rivers. Give me the team that’s been there before.
Boston Celtics -5.5 Philadelphia 76ers