Celtics vs 76ers Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 3

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The Philadelphia 76ers (54-28) are looking to pull off an upset as slight 2.5-point underdogs heading into Game 3 of the second round of the NBA Playoffs, and will face off against the Boston Celtics at Wells Fargo Center on Friday, tipping off at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN. The series is tied 1-1. The point total for this contest is set at 215.5.

How to bet Celtics vs. 76ers

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -138 odds to pick up the win, while the 76ers are listed at +115 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 215.5 points.

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Celtics vs. 76ers Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, May 5, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Arena: Wells Fargo Center

Celtics vs. 76ers Betting Trends

The Celtics have 44 wins against the spread in 82 games this year. Boston has been victorious in 53, or 71.6%, of the 74 contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Celtics games this year have hit the over on 43 of 82 set point totals.

The 76ers have 48 wins against the spread in 82 games this year. Philadelphia has been the underdog on the moneyline 26 total times this season. Philly has gone 13-13 in those games. 76ers games this season have gone over the total in 44 of 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 vs. 76ers Injury Report

76ers: Joel Embiid: Questionable (Knee)

What you need to know about the Boston Celtics

Boston has been thriving at both ends of the court this year, ranking fourth-best in the NBA in points per game (117.9) and fourth-best in points allowed per game (111.4). The Celtics are averaging 120.5 points per game in home games. Away from home, they are averaging 115.4 points per contest. The Celtics have seen an uptick in scoring lately, racking up 120.4 points per game in their last 10 contests, 2.5 points more than the 117.9 they’ve scored this season.

Boston ranks second-best in the NBA by making 16 three-pointers per game. In terms of three-point percentage, it ranks sixth in the league at 37.7%. Of the shots attempted by the Celtics in 2022-23, 52% of them have been two-pointers (62% of the team’s made baskets) and 48% have been three-pointers (38%).

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What you need to know about the Philadelphia 76ers

Offensively, Philadelphia is the 14th-ranked squad in the NBA (115.2 points per game). Defensively, it is third-best (110.9 points allowed per game). The 76ers are scoring fewer points at home (114.2 per game) than away (116.2). Over their past 10 games, the 76ers are averaging 109.5 points per contest, compared to their season average of 115.2.

In 2022-23 Philadelphia is 11th in the NBA in 3-point makes (12.6 per game) and best in 3-point percentage (38.7%). The 76ers take 38.9% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 61.1% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 30.9% of the 76ers’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 69.1% are 2-pointers.

Celtics vs. 76ers Predictions and Pick

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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