Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics
The Philadelphia 76ers head home to take on the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals. The 76ers are -2 point favorites over the Celtics with an over/under point total set at 172.5.
Head to head, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia, while the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Semifinals games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Celtics on the other hand are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games, but just 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 road games.
Talk about a closely contested series so far, the 76ers and Celtics have split the opening two games of the series by the slimmest of margins. In the opening game of the series, it was Boston who prevailed 92-91 behind the strong play of Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. The 76ers however would bounce back in Game 2 on Monday night behind a dominate third quarter that saw them outscore the home team 21-11 to take control of the game. The Celtics would make a charge in the final quarter, but came up short as Philly escaped with a 82-81 victory to even the series at one game apiece.
This is a tricky one because I think the Celtics will win either tonight or in Game 4, but which one will it be? Boston is just too good to lose both games and fall behind 1-3 in the series. Considering what happened in Games 1&2, it’s fair to say we should see another close one tonight. The 76ers did take both regular season meetings in Philly quite easily, but I’m not sure we can take anything from that, considering the Celtics beat the 76ers in Boston in the last regular season game by 24 points. I’ll be honest, I could see any team taking this game out, however I think Boston bounces back and gets the win here.
Boston Celtics +2 Philadelphia 76ers