76ers vs Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 5/3/23

Boston Celtics (61-28) vs Philadelphia 76ers (59-28)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -9.5 -- Over/Under: 218 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in Game 2 of the NBA East Semifinals Playoffs at the TD Garden. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 106.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 97 points on 46.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 22.8 points and 8.2 assists, while Tyrese Maxey is averaging 22.6 points and 1.8 assists. Joel Embiid is the third double-digit scorer and Tobias Harris is grabbing 8 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc and 89 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.

The Boston Celtics are averaging 120.3 points on 52.1 percent shooting and allowing 116.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 28.9 points and 10.1 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 26.1 points and 3.1 assists. Marcus Smart is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick White is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game.

The 76ers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The under is 11-3 in 76ers last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 overall. The 76ers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Boston Celtics are the better team, especially with the 76ers still down Embiid, and they should be motivated for a bonce back effort after being shocked in game 1. However, this is still a boatload of points for a 76ers team that has yet to lose a playoff game. The Boston Celtics still show a lack of killer instinct, and the 76ers defense has been great through 5 playoff games to where you'd think they can hang around yet again. The 76ers are 4-0 ATS when underdogs of 7.5 or more points, and the Celtics are 9-12 ATS as double-digit favorites. Give me the points.

Randy’s Pick Philadelphia 76ers +9.5

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