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Tonight, the TD Garden will host the beginning of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. These two teams, ranked second and third in the East, are vying for a spot in the Eastern finals and are expected to put on a spectacular series.

The Sixers swept the Brooklyn Nets in four games, allowing them a break since sealing the series on April 22nd. They have had ample time to prepare for the Celtics, who defeated the Atlanta Hawks in six games. Both star-studded teams will now face off in Boston.

76ers vs Celtics Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under – NBA Playoffs Betting Lines 5/1

Moneyline: 76ers +350, Celtics -450
Spread: 76ers +10.5 -120, Celtics -10.5 +100
Total: Over/Under 213.5 points

76ers vs Celtics Injury Report

There's significant news from Philly as Joel Embiid's knee injury has put him on the doubtful list for tonight's game. Despite the 10-day break, the Sixers' star player is uncertain to take the court.

Although Embiid traveled with the team to Boston, indicating he might play, there is some speculation that the Sixers may be employing a strategy of deception. It’s one to keep an eye on as approach tip-off.

76ers vs Celtics Prediction

The potential absence of Embiid tonight, has led to the betting line being set at a massive 10.5 points in favor of the Celtics at home.

Boston struggled in their series against Atlanta, losing two games, while the Sixers swept the Brooklyn Nets in just four games. With the Milwaukee Bucks now out of the running in the East, Boston has moved in as the favorites to make the NBA Finals.

During the regular season, Celtics won three of the four meetings between these two teams, with the Sixers claiming the fourth and final game. However, the final two games were closely contested, with a total points margin of just five.

If Joel Embiid is healthy, this series will be a must-watch for NBA fans everywhere. The winner will go into the Conference Finals as a likely favorite to make it to the NBA Finals in June.

Boston’s offensive prowess is impressive, and this could be the year that Jayson Tatum cements himself among the elite with an NBA Championship. The Celtics have great depth and experience, making them a roster built to win a championship. However, the Sixers shouldn't be underestimated.

Philly is looking better than they have in the past few years, with good form as a collective at just the right time. The speed of Tyrese Maxey and the ball handling and distributing ability of James Harden make for an unpredictable backcourt. And of course, Joel Embiid is always a handful.

Although I think the series will go to at least six games, I have to tip the Celtics to win Game 1 at home in tonight's NBA picks and parlays.

Best NBA Same Game Parlay Picks Today for 76ers vs Celtics - NBA Playoffs Game 1: 4-Leg Parlay Picks (+800)

Over/Under Points Total

The previous three games featuring the Sixers and Celtics have all fallen short of the points total, and by a considerable amount too. In total, the margin was 54 points under the predicted points total across those three games, with the over missing by 22 points on April 4th.

Even though both teams have a lot of firepower offensively, they are also well aware of each other's strengths and weaknesses, and therefore defend each other efficiently. During the April 4th game, Jayson Tatum recorded just 19 points for the Celtics, whereas Tyrese Maxey only managed to score five points for the Sixers.

Leg-1 SGP Pick: 76ers vs Celtics Under 214.5 Points (-110)

Jayson Tatum Three Pointers Made Total

Jayson Tatum has been on fire from beyond the arc lately, hitting at least four three pointers in four out of his last five games during the opening round series against the Atlanta Hawks. In tonight's NBA same game parlay picks, I believe Tatum will be a productive option from deep against a Sixers team that was in the top 10 for most three pointers allowed per game this series.

Tatum is determined to lead the Celtics to a championship, and he's coming off a record-breaking year for the team. He surpassed Larry Bird's record for points per game and became the first Celtics player in history to average over 30 points per game. In doing so, he averaged 3.2 three pointers per game during the regular season.

Tonight, Tatum will set the tone for the series by stepping up his game and hitting at least 3+ three pointers. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even take a chance on the longer odds and bet on him hitting four or more three pointers, which is currently boosted at +115 on the Betway Sportsbook.

Leg-2 SGP Pick: Jayson Tatum 3+ Three Pointers Made (-225)

James Harden Assists Total

James Harden’s playmaking ability has been crucial for the Philadelphia 76ers, dishing out 35 assists with an average of 8.8 per game in their opening series against the Brooklyn Nets. His importance as a distributor has only grown over time, as he often finds open lanes for his teammates to cut to the basket, which can lead to him easily surpassing 10 assists in a game.

Boston may struggle to defend against those cutting lanes, as they tend to focus heavily on the perimeter. Harden has capitalized on this weakness in the past, recording a total of 19 assists in his last two meetings with the Celtics. With this in mind, he could be a major threat early on in the series.

Leg-3 SGP Pick: James Harden 8+ Assists (-200)

Spread Bet

Although Joel Embiid's potential absence is significant, I don't think a 10+ point spread is justified here. Paul Reed has been impressive for the Sixers, contributing greatly on both ends of the court with his defensive energy and offensive improvements. Although he's no Embiid, the team has managed to succeed without his major contributions in previous playoff games. Additionally, Tyrese Maxey is a skilled shooter capable of going off at any moment, and both James Harden and Tobias Harris have made important scoring contributions.

While I believe that the Celtics will likely win the game, I'll take the Sixers at +9.5 in tonight’s NBA same game parlay picks. If Embiid is confirmed to play, then it's even more of a sure bet.

Leg-4 SGP Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +9.5 (-120)

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