An NBA series & game day preview between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. Boston leads series 1-0.
Series Start: August 17, 2020
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Kissimmee, FL
TV: Monday – 6:30 PM EST | TNT – Celtics WON 109-101
Wednesday – 6:30 PM EST | TNT
Friday – 6:30 PM EST | TNT
August 23rd – 1:00 PM EST | ABC
8/25 (If Necessary) – TBD
8/27 (If Necessary) – TBD
8/29 (If Necessary) – TBD
Series Odds: BOS -400
Game Two Odds: BOS -4.5 O/U 215.5
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Series/Game Two Preview
One of the biggest rivalries in the Eastern Conference continues when the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Boston took game one, 109-101, in a game that was tightly contested til the final minutes. The big news coming out of game one is the Celtics’ loss of Gordon Hayward. He will be out 4 weeks with an ankle sprain.
For the Sixers to even up the series at 1 game a piece, he needs to make sure Joel Embiid gets and takes more shots. He is their star player and when he goes, the team goes. With Ben Simmons already out due to injury, the Sixers need Embiid to be a superstar and carry them. He had a great first half in game one but then disappeared when in mattered most in the 4th quarter. Embiid said after the game that he needs to be more aggressive so expect a big game two for him. I think he easily gets 30+ points and becomes a monster on the boards.
The reason the Celtics won game one is because of the trio of Jayson Tatum, Jalen Brown, and Kemba Walker. Together, they scored 80 of Boston’s 109 points with Tatum leading the way with 32. Tatum has become a star in the NBA this year and I think he continues to average 30 points throughout this series. I also believe Kemba Walker, now healed up from his injury, will continue to put up good numbers all series as well. He scored 19 in the first game and he should be expected to hover around 18-22 points a game in this series.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics Facts & Fantasy Basketball Predictions
76ers vs. Celtics Facts
- The TOTAL went UNDER in the first game of this series.
- Boston are 1-0 ATS in this series.
- The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 out of the last meetings between the Celtics and Sixers.
StatementGames Fantasy Basketball Picks
- Jayson Tatum OVER 25.5 PTS
- Joel Embiid OVER 25.5 PTS
- Total PTS UNDER 214.5