Celtics vs 76ers game 7 odds and predictions: Who is the favorite?
With a decisive Game 7 on the line in the Eastern Conference Semifinal, both the Celtics and 76ers can claim their spot. Here are your picks and odds.
It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago, things seemed to be going swimmingly well for the Celtics. They had tied the series at two and their offense appeared to be firing on all cylinders. Then they shook and wobbled in Game 5, suffering a complete meltdown before stiffening in the last moment in Game 6 to even the series back up. Now it is do or die for both teams as Game 7 sees the loser run out of chances.
Celtics vs 76ers: The lay of the land
76ers look to use home court advantage
Having won Game 5 in dominant fashion, the Sixers created a real sense of belief amongst their fans who would have watched the team come back from a 2-1 deficit to being on the brink of going to the Eastern Conference Finals. Philadelphia blew a golden opportunity to put Boston away in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center, losing 95-86.
Boston’s bench needs to step up
If one thing was clear in Game 7, it’s that the Celtics need Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to show up. Game 5 saw them struggle to hit their shots and in Game 6′s turnaround, coach Joe Mazulla shortened the bench, playing just six players. They managed to stay efficient with their shooting and pulled in rebounds all night. They will need that kind of performance again if they hope to get through this.
Celtics vs 76ers: The odds
|Categories||Boston Celtics||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Picks||-6.5 (-110)||+6.5 (-110)|
|Over/Under Points Total||o212.5 (-115)||u201.5 (-105)|
Celtics vs 76ers: The Prediction
This is a classic showdown and for 76ers fans, one of the great demons that needs to be put to bed. They have the skill to do it, but they need to make sure that the ball gets into Joel Embiid’s hands. Boston were able to keep it from him for long periods in Game 6 and slow that Sixers offense down. All told, when if comes time to pick a winner, Boston have the look of a team who have figured out a formula and have a sound game plan. Look for the Celtics to take the series in a close Game 7 win. Our score? 106-100.