Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers - 8/23/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (51-24) at Philadelphia 76ers (43-33)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +8 -- Over/Under: 213 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in game four of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.
The Philadelphia 76ers need a win here to save their season and force a game five on Tuesday. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 98.7 points on 38.6 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds while Josh Richardson is averaging 17.7 points and four rebounds. Shake Milton is the third double-digit scorer and Tobias Harris is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 26.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.3 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics can complete the sweep with a victory here and advance to the next playoff series. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.7 points and eight rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 23.3 points and 2.7 assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 26.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The 76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 overall. The over is 12-5 in 76ers last 17 overall. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers put up a fight in game three and still ended up losing while failing to cover the number. The 76ers are just a mess right now, can't score the basketball with any consistency and you have to question the motivation of this team. Embiid looks miserable trying to carry the team, there's rumors of Brett Brown being fired and there's serious question marks this offseason about the direction the team will go overall. Down 0-3 in the series, this is a spot where teams usually check out and get smoked off the court. I'll lay the chalk with the Celtics.