Celtics vs 76ers Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2

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The Boston Celtics enter Game 2 of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers as 8-point favorites. The playoff matchup on Wednesday begins at 8:00 PM ET on TNT from TD Garden. The 76ers are ahead in the series 1-0. The over/under is 216.5 points for the matchup.

How to bet Celtics vs. 76ers

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 8 points, with sportsbooks listing the Celtics as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -370 odds to pick up the win, while the 76ers are listed at +291 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 216.5 points.

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Celtics vs. 76ers Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arena: TD Garden

Celtics vs. 76ers Betting Trends

The Celtics have played 82 games, with 44 wins against the spread. Boston has won 53, or 71.6%, of the 74 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Celtics games this year have gone over the total in 43 out of 82 opportunities (52.4%).

Against the spread, the 76ers are 48-34-0 this year. Philadelphia has been the underdog on the moneyline 26 total times this season. Philly has finished 13-13 in those games. 76ers games this year have hit the over 44 times in 82 opportunities (53.7%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Celtics

Celtics Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 74 30.1 8.8 4.6 1.1 0.7 3.2
Jaylen Brown 67 26.6 6.9 3.5 1.1 0.4 2.4
Malcolm Brogdon 67 14.9 4.2 3.7 0.7 0.3 2
Derrick White 82 12.4 3.6 3.9 0.7 0.9 1.8
Marcus Smart 61 11.5 3.1 6.3 1.5 0.4 1.9

76ers

76ers Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Joel Embiid 66 33.1 10.2 4.2 1 1.7 1
James Harden 58 21 6.1 10.7 1.2 0.5 2.8
Tyrese Maxey 60 20.3 2.9 3.5 0.8 0.1 2.7
Louis King 1 20 4 2 1 0 4
Tobias Harris 74 14.7 5.7 2.5 0.9 0.5 1.7
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Celtics: Marcus Smart: Questionable (Chest)

76ers: Joel Embiid: Doubtful (Knee)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

When it comes to points, Boston is thriving both offensively and defensively, as it ranks fourth-best in the league in points scored (117.9 per game) and fourth-best in points allowed (111.4 per contest). The Celtics put up 120.5 points per game when playing at home, compared to 115.4 points per game on the road, a difference of 5.1 points per contest. The Celtics have been scoring 118 points per game in their last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little higher than the 117.9 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

Boston has a 37.7% three-point percentage this year (sixth-ranked in NBA), but it has really provided a lift by making 16 treys per game (second-best). In terms of shot breakdown, the Celtics have taken 52% two-pointers (accounting for 62% of the team’s baskets) and 48% threes (38%).

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What you need to know about the Philadelphia 76ers

Offensively, Philadelphia is the 14th-ranked team in the NBA (115.2 points per game). On defense, it is third-best (110.9 points conceded per game). In 2022-23 the 76ers are averaging two fewer points per game at home (114.2) than away (116.2). Over their previous 10 games, the 76ers are averaging 111.2 points per game, four fewer points than their season average (115.2).

Beyond the arc, Philadelphia is 11th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (12.6). It is best in 3-point percentage at 38.7%. The 76ers attempt 61.1% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 38.9% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 69.1% of the 76ers’ baskets are 2-pointers, and 30.9% are 3-pointers.

Our prediction to win this game is the Celtics, and we expect that 76ers will cover the spread (Celtics -8). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 216.5 points.

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WRITTEN BY

Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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