The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics will play for the fifth time in 10 days. After blowing big leads and making unquestionable mistakes during the critical moments, it could be argued that the Sixers deserved to be up 3-1 by now instead of being down 3-1 themselves.
Boston - which opens the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday - will be massive underdogs against the Cavs, but the Celtics have created enough reason for intrigue. With the Celtics down 10 points for the majority of the quarter, it helped the 76ers hold them off and win the game 103-92. Tatum is averaging 23 points on 58 percent shooting in the series. "TJ!" grew louder each time T.J. McConnell darted through the lane for an easy basket or buried a 3-pointer to build an insurmountable lead Monday night for the Philadelphia 76ers. I'm not one that was ever taught to play with our food, so when it comes down to it, we gotta finish it.
With Embiid and Simmons taking more touches, the Sixers have more chances of winning. All season long the Celtics have been up and down, but they have proven time and time again that they are as good as anyone in the closing minutes.
Hartstein has examined every matchup, every player and every trend for Game 5 of Boston vs. Philadelphia and locked in his pick. Redick also ran into foul trouble with five whistles. Boston will look to continue to be physical with the Sixers, but have to be smarter to avoid fouls.
Philadelphia is only a one-point underdog in Game 5, according to OddsShark.
Let's hope the Sixers make us find out.
Due to their young cores, Boston and Philly could meet in the playoffs for years to come.
Sure, losing in five games to the Irving-less, Hayward-less Celtics is disheartening. A late Dario Saric turnover and Embiid's missed layup in the final 35 seconds sealed the Sixers' fate and a 4-1 series defeat. "The more offensive rebounds and the more opportunities like that they get, the more susceptible you are to fouling with the ball in the paint".
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven Conference Finals games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team above.600.