3 Bold Celtics predictions vs 76ers in 2023 Eastern Conference Semis
Jason Lloyd, Senior Columnist for the Athletic reveals his winner series picks for 76ers vs Celtics in the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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76ers vs Celtics Preview – 2023 NBA Eastern Conference SemifinalsDo you think the winner of this series goes on to represent the East in the Finals?
Jason Lloyd, Senior Columnist for the Athletic: Yes, I do. I had the Celtics winning the East before the postseason started and the Bucks’ stunning early exit only makes that path a little easier.
Can Tobias Harris continue his strong play after shooting the lights out in Round 1?
Harris shot better than 50 percent both on 3s and from the field against Brooklyn thanks in part to going 7 of 8 on uncontested 3s (no one within 6 feet of him). But Boston is much better at guarding, and specifically guarding the 3-point line, than the Nets. Boston was fourth in the league at defending the 3 during the regular season and second in defensive rating. The Sixers are going to need Harris at both ends, but expecting him to continue shooting at his current clip is unrealistic.
How can the 76ers make adjustments if Embiid isn’t fully healthy and/or misses time in this series?
Ideally, they could rely on guards like James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. But Harden had a miserable shooting series against the Nets and Boston’s switchy wings have made life miserable on Maxey this year. Embiid piled up 52 points and 13 rebounds in a win against Boston in early April. If they don’t have Embiid or if he’s extremely limited, this could be a quick series.
Who wins the series and in how many games?
Boston in 5. Embiid’s questionable health and Boston’s talented wings like Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown make this one easy.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Odds – NBA Playoffs Future Betting Lines
Philadelphia 76ers +250
Boston Celtics -313
Total Number of Games:
4 Games +525
5 Games +220
6 Games +220
7 Games +220
Series Total Games
Over 4.5 -1000
Under 4.5 +500
Over 5.5 -167
Under 5.5 +120
Over 6.5 +220
Under 6.5 -334
Series Correct Score:
Boston Celtics 4-0 +650
Boston Celtics 4-1 +275
Boston Celtics 4-2 +425
Boston Celtics 4-3 +350
Philadelphia 76ers 4-0 +1650
Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 +1800
Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 +700
Philadelphia 76ers 4-3 + 900
Celtics vs 76ers Series Prediction and Future Picks
Jason Lloyd Picks:
Series Winner: Boston Celtics (-313) – They’ll be too much for a Sixers team that is potentially not going to be at 100% health wise.
Total Number of Games: 5 Games (+220) – Think the Celtics wrap this up reasonably quickly.