Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics - 8/19/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia 76ers (43-31) at Boston Celtics (49-24)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Boston Celtics -5 -- Over/Under: 215 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in game two of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.
The Philadelphia 76ers look for a bounce back performance to even up this series at 1-1. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 101 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26 points and 16 rebounds while Alec Burks is averaging 18 points and six rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tobias Harris is grabbing eight rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics have a chance to take control of the series with a win and a 2-0 lead. The Boston Celtics are averaging 109 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 32 points and 13 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 29 points and four assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing four rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 88.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The 76ers are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Celtics are 36-15-4 ATS in their last 55 Wednesday games, 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 11-4 in 76ers last 15 overall. The under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The 76ers are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers shot 4.1 percent better from the field than the Celtics in game one and that should have been good enough to win. The problem is the 76ers turned the ball over 18 times. If the 76ers clean things up a bit and get an even more aggressive Embiid, who admitted he has to play even better for his team to win, Philadelphia can even up this series. The Boston Celtics could also be without Hayward for this contest, who suffered an ankle injury and left the locker room in a boot. You have to be somewhat encouraged by what you saw from the 76ers in the opener. Give me the points.