An exciting best of 7 battle in the 2023 NBA playoffs is set to start next Monday evening. The Boston Celtics will play host versus the Philadelphia 76ers for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston recently defeated the Atlanta Hawks in 6 games, while Philadelphia demolished the Brooklyn Nets in 4. However there is a potential massive blow for the 76ers, as Joel Embiid (knee) is listed as doubtful for the upcoming match.
Tipoff is set to start at 7:30 pm Eastern Time in Boston.
Philadelphia has showcased incredible offensive play this season, and that was the main advantage they used for their series against Brooklyn. Philadelphia’s offensive rebounding truly separated them from the rest of the pack, as the 76ers grabbed 36.8% of their own missed shots plus averaged 20.0 second chance points per game in their latest series.
Even with Embiid’s possible injury issues, the 76ers should be able to stay afloat thanks to superstar James Harden, who led the NBA with 10.7 assists per match this season while averaging 21.0 points with an incredible 60.7% shooting efficiency.
As for Boston, similar to Philadelphia, their offense played a key role in the Atlanta series, scoring 118.8 points per 100 possessions, with Celtics superstar wings Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown showing up defensively as well.
The Celtics blocked 7.2 shots per game while only allowing 16.5 free throw attempts per bout. On top of that, they led the NBA in defensive rebound rate (74.6%) this season, plus posting top 5 numbers in assist prevention, opponent shooting, free throw prevention, and blocked shots through 82 games in 2022-23.
Both teams are extremely close talent wise, however if Joel Embiid is not available for the match, Harden and company will not be able to sustain the Celtics’ offensive pressure. Thus keep an eye on Embiid’s medical situation as it might determine the outcome of this matchup.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Game Information
- Date: 05/01/2023
- Time: 07:30 PM ET
- Location: TD Garden.
- How to Watch 76ers vs Celtics: NBC Sports Boston
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
76ers vs Celtics Betting Lines
Celtics are –490 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $20.41. On the other side, 76ers are +375according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $375.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Celtics at a 83.05% chance of winning the game, meanwhile 76ers have 21.05% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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