The third-seeded Boston Celtics take on the sixth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon in Game 4 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. The Celtics have owned the Sixers thus far and will try to finish the job in four games.
Therefore, we have prepared all need-to-know betting tips and trends for Sunday’s clash along with our best betting pick for Game 4 between these two Atlantic Division foes, so let’s take a closer look.
The Celtics are without Gordon Hayward (ankle), while Javonte Green (knee) is doubtful to play. The 76ers miss Ben Simmons (knee) and Glenn Robinson III (oblique).
The bookies have finally decided to set a bigger spread after the Celtics have covered in the previous three contests. They were 6.5-point favorites in Game 1 and 3, and 4.5-point favorites in Game 2.
What’s at Stake?
The Celtics are one step away from the Eastern Conference semis. The Sixers look for their first playoff win in 2020, playing with their backs against the wall.
The 76ers blew a chance in Game 3 which could be a decisive moment in this series. They had a 94-92 lead with 2:14 to go in the fourth quarter, but the Sixers failed to score the rest of the way.
The Celtics didn’t have any problems winning the first two games of this series. However, Game 3 was different, but they found a way to keep the Sixers scoreless down the stretch.
Boston shot only 41.4% from the field and 25.8% from downtown this past Friday. Still, the Celtics played terrific defense and limited the Sixers to miserable 29.5% shooting from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc.
The 76ers are obviously short-handed, playing without Ben Simmons, so it’s no strange that their offense has been awful through the first three games against the Celtics. Joel Embiid posted a double-double in each of these three contests while scoring 34 points in Game 2 and 30 in Game 3, but that wasn’t enough to beat the Celtics.
Jayson Tatum leads the way for Boston, but the 22-year-old star had a quiet night Friday, tallying 15 points on poor 6-for-19 shooting from the field. However, he had 32 points in the opener and 33 in Game 2.
The Celtics just have too many lethal weapons on both sides of the ball, so I expect them to finish the job in four games and earn a few days off extra which will help them prepare for the semifinal clash against the reigning champs Toronto Raptors.
If you’re looking for a parlay Sunday, take the Celtics to win straight up. This 8-point spread is a tricky one, so I would go with the alternative spread, backing the Celtics as 5.5-point favorites at -170 odds on BetAmerica.
The Celtics are 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight outings. They are 15-5 ATS in the previous 20 encounters with the 76ers.
I would stick with the side bet and avoid the totals. The line is set quite low, as the bookies expect to see another low-scoring affair, but you never know what can happen, especially if one of the teams find the shooting rhythm.