Philadelphia 76ers (43-30) at Boston Celtics (48-24)
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Take the Celtics in this one. The Sixers may have taken the season series from the Celtics at 3 games to 1 but the Sixers are a very inconsistent team. Ben Simmons being unable to go is going to hurt this team. The main advantage the Sixers had against the Celtics was size. Without their 6 foot 10 inch Simmons they have now lost that advantage. They still have big man Embiid and he will be a handful for Boston but he won't be enough to beat the Celtics by himself. Conditioning has always been an issue for Embiid and he will need his rest. Boston probably has the best collection of wing players out of anyone in the league. Tatum and Brown are extremely good on both ends of the court and Kemba Walker should be able to get his own shot whenever he wants on offense. If it comes down to coaching the Celtics hold a huge advantage there with Brad Stevens. The Celtics will send a message in Game 1.