NBA SHOWCASE GAME FOR WED MAY 9: SIXERS @ CELTICS (GAME 5)
VEGAS ODDS: CELTICS (-1 or -1 1/2) * (TOTAL: 204 1/2) 5PM/PST – TNT
Ok well we’ve all heard this a million times, in some close fashion to this number, but teams down (0-3) in a NBA Playoff Series are (129-0). The Sixers are trying to avoid being Victim #130. The will need to do the improbable by not just winning these next 3 games, but winning 2 of them in TD Garden in Boston, where the Celtics are a perfect (6-0) straight up and A.T.S. betting wise as well. The Celtics have just played with so much more energy in front of the wild home fans support.
The Sixers broke through in Game 4 to keep this Series alive, but it wasn’t pretty as they shot just (40%) from the field and even worse (7-26) from 3-land. The two reasons they won was solid Rebound edge (53-43) and the off the bench lift by T.J. McConnell, who scored (19) points in 39 mins of play and really just played harder on both ends of the court then any other player on either team. The Celtics game plan by it’s Head Coach Brad Stevens has been nearly flawless in the 6 home games, and the Sixers really haven’t had but one really great shooting night yet.
The Celtics Tatum has now scored (20+) points in six straight Playoff games as the Celtics for the most part get balanced score sheets from the top 7 players. Backup PG Larkin is likely to miss this game tonight due to shoulder injury he got in Game 3.
When we look back at Games 1 and 2, both played at TD Garden in Boston, we see the Celtics shot the lights out, hitting a combined (78-167) from field, and a very impressive (32-71) from 3-land. They only committed (19) turnovers in the first 2 games combined, meanwhile they had (15) turnovers in the lone loss of Game 3. They have been spectacular (37-43) in the Game 1-2 victories, missing 7 free throws alone in the G4 loss.
The betting line opened the Sixers as (-1 1/2) point Favorites, but all the money thus far in on the Celtics to win Game 5 and close out this Series. The Sixers will need to take better shots and better care of the ball, as they are struggling to run set plays vs. the Celtics in this Series. The Celtics are just too good at Home and the Sixers have shown too many chips in their armour to make this Series go any longer. Celtics by 7 tonight!
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