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NBA: 76ers vs Celtics 2nd Round Series Odds, and Picks

By · Updated 1 year ago
  • The 76ers pummeled the Nets, sweeping them in four games.
  • Boston took down the Hawks in Game 6, winning the series 4-2.
  • These two teams last met on April 4, in a game that the 76ers won 103-101.

The 76ers (58-28) and the Celtics (61-27) match up for a stellar 2nd-round playoff bout. With the Bucks eliminated, the winner of this series will be the favorite to win the Eastern Conference and make the Finals.

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Series Schedule

GAME 1

  • When: Monday, May 1, 2023, at 7:30 p.m ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • How to Watch: TNT

GAME 2

  • When: Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 8 p.m ET
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • How to Watch: TNT

GAME 3

  • When: Friday, May 5, 2023, at 7:30 p.m ET
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • How to Watch: ESPN

GAME 4

  • When: Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 3:30 p.m ET
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • How to Watch: ESPN

GAME 5 (if necessary)

  • When: Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at TBD
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • How to Watch: TNT

GAME 6 (if necessary)

  • When: Thursday, May 11, 2023, at TBD
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • How to Watch: ESPN

GAME 7 (if necessary)

  • When: Sunday, May 14, 2023, at TBD
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • How to Watch: TBD

Odds

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Series Preview

Philadelphia was the only team to sweep their first-round series, making quick work of the Nets. They won each game by an average score of 104-92, using their defense to completely shut Brooklyn down. The 76ers lost star Center Joel Embiid to an injury during the tail-end of the series, but managed to earn him over a week of rest because of the sweep. They’ll be hoping Embiid is fully ready to go against Boston.

The Celtics managed to win Game 6 in Atlanta, avoiding an elimination game in Game 7. They took more time to win their series than any of the other 3 teams in the Eastern Conference, but remain the favorite to make the NBA Finals. Boston’s excellent guard play, led by superstar Jayson Tatum, will be problematic for the 76ers, whose interior defense is better than their perimeter defense. Boston will aim to exploit that.


Picks

This series should be an absolute classic between two extremely capable teams. The health and availability of Joel Embiid will make a massive difference, and the latest news that he has been held out of practice is not all that encouraging. The 76ers may be playing it safe with Embiid, but even if he’s able to go, they’ll be at a disadvantage in this series. I see it going the distance to Game 7, with Boston winning it.

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Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.