Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers - 8/21/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (50-24) at Philadelphia 76ers (43-32)
NBA Basketball: Friday, August 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Friday in game three of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.
The Philadelphia 76ers need a win here to get back in this series already trailing 0-2. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 101 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 118.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds while Josh Richardson is averaging 18 points and 4.5 rebounds. Tobias Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Shake Milton is dishing 3.5 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics can all but put this series to bed with a win here and a 3-0 lead. The Boston Celtics are averaging 118.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 44 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 32.5 points and nine rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.5 points and 2.5 assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite, 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 playoff games as a favorite and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games as an underdog and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The over is 12-4 in 76ers last 16 overall. The Celtics are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers look like a team that just can't get going, as they've had major issues scoring the basketball and it's starting to impact the defense. You also have to worry about motivation at this point, as guys may start checking out knowing they're fighting a losing battle, and rumors of changes are getting louder. Joel Embiid also looked miserable in game two, often having his head in his hands on the bench. While some teams fight being down 0-2, you just get bad vibes from these 76ers.
The Boston Celtics may win this game by double digits.