Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Philadelphia gave up a fourth-quarter lead to the Celtics in Game 1.
- The Boston Celtics won Game 1, but lost Gordon Hayward in the process.
- The reserve battle was won by the Sixers, 23 to eight.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Philadelphia 76ers||+5 -113||O 215 -112||+155|
|Boston Celtics||-5 -108||U 215 -109||-186|
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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Predictions and Picks
The Sixers had the game in the bag in Game 1, until they inexplicably abandoned their game plan. With one of Boston’s most capable scorers out, Philly doesn’t look like they’ll make the same mistakes.
Philadelphia 76ers def. Boston Celtics +155
Philadelphia +5 -113
Under 215 -109
How to Watch Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics
|Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Information|
|What||Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, August 19th, 2020; 6:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics
|Philadelphia 76ers||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Brett Brown||Head Coach||Brad Stevens|
|43-30 (6th in East, 12th Overall)||Standing||48-24 (3rd in East, 5th Overall)|
|111.3 (13th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.3 (4th of 30)|
|109.0 (8th of 30)||Def Rtg||107.0 (4th of 30)|
|99.0 (19th of 30)||Pace||99.5 (17th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Embiid (26.0)||PPG||J. Tatum (32.0)|
|J. Embiid (16.0)||RPG||J. Tatum (13.0)|
|T. Harris (8.0)||APG||K. Walker (5.0)|
|T-Embiid, Thybulle (2.0)||SPG||G. Hayward (4.0)|
|T-Horford, Embiid, Thybulle (1.0)||BPG||J. Tatum (3.0)|
|S. Milton (.714)/J. Embiid (8.0)||FG%/FGM||B. Wanamaker (.667)/J. Tatum (10.0)|
|S. Milton (.600)/T-Richardson, Milton (3.0)||3P%/3PM||J. Brown (.625)/J. Brown (5.0)|
Philly Can’t Go Away from Embiid
In terms of raw scoring ability, Joel Embiid is probably the best in the NBA. While he can shoot from range, Embiid, on his night, is the most unstoppable interior scorer in this series.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, they went away from Embiid in the post to close the game. Embiid was five of five from the field in the first quarter, but by the fourth quarter, his attempt rate was outdone by Josh Richardson and matched by Harris and Burks.
There isn’t a player on the Celtics that can stop Philly’s Cameroonian center, but he needs to be the focal point of the offense.
Who Can Step Up in Place of Hayward?
The Boston Celtics were dealt a large blow when Gordon Hayward sprained his ankle in Game 1. Hayward was having a decent night, contributing 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
It’ll be interesting to see whom the Celtics lean on in his absence. The first thought goes to Marcus Smart, who underachieved in game one, failing to hit from the field and contributing only two made free throws.
Whoever steps up will have a lot of expectations thrust upon them. Brad Stevens already plays a short rotation, giving six different players over 25 minutes per game.
Sixers Key Player: (F) Tobias Harris
This move from Tobias Harris is unguardable pic.twitter.com/9jkTkrM07i
— Aram Cannuscio (@AC_Unit_) August 17, 2020
Tobias Harris may not be the center of the Sixers’ offense, but it always seems like he’s got something to contribute to the game. His three-point shooting was off in Game 1, but he found other ways to make an impact.
Harris finished Game 1 with 15 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists in 38 minutes on the court. He failed to make a three-point field goal, despite average almost two makes per game.
Harris’ offensive versatility is incredibly valuable for the Sixers. If he can find his range and relieve Joel Embiid when doubled, Philly will be unlikely to let another lead slip away.
Celtics Key Player: (C) Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter – Elite Passer pic.twitter.com/CEG6INME8q
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) August 18, 2020
Enes Kanter only saw eight minutes in Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers, but that may well change with Hayward out with injury.
Kanter is one of the few players that has the size and strength to wrestle with Embiid in the post. On top of that, compared to Theis and Williams, Kanter has an offensive game that can keep Embiid honest.
Should Brad Stevens go for the former Turkey international, he’d add a welcome dimension to the Celtics team.
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