After the first four games of the second round series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, nothing has been decided yet. With the series tied at 2-2, these teams are back in Boston for a pivotal Game 5, where the winner will move to within one game of the Eastern Conference Finals. In our NBA betting picks for Tuesday night, we look at 76ers vs Celtics Game 5 from TD Garden.
76ers vs Celtics Game 5 Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Over 213.5|
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This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
Why Bet the Over:
✅ James Harden got back into his rhythm in Game 4 of this series, hitting a game-winning three to help the Sixers even this series at two games apiece. As long as he doesn’t have another terrible game here, we should see an over come in.
✅ We should see more attention to detail late from the Celtics after their disastrous game management down the stretch in Game 4. That will help with late game execution, which will help the over get there.
The Philadelphia 76ers showed a ton of heart against the Boston Celtics in Game 4, blowing a huge lead but still holding on to win in overtime. With this series tied up at two games all, the Sixers will look for their second road win of this series to move to within a game of eliminating the Celtics. But they know that will not be easy, as the Sixers are substantial underdogs going into Tuesday night.
While Joel Embiid is the NBA’s MVP, the play of James Harden has determined how this series has gone for Philly. When Harden has put up big numbers, the Sixers have gone 2-0, and they have gone 0-2 when he has struggled. Look for Harden to be the barometer for the Sixers’ success again in this game, especially if Embiid struggles scoring on Al Horford like he did down the stretch in Game 4.
For the Boston Celtics, Game 4 was a huge missed opportunity for them. They came back from a huge deficit to take the lead late, but multiple decisions not to call timeout and set up their offense at the end of regulation and overtime cost them that contest. Now, with the series tied at 2-2, the Celtics need to bounce back at home or they will be pushed to the brink of elimination.
It will be interesting to see how Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla handles late game situations after he refused to call timeout twice down the stretch in Game 4. Both of those decisions ended with the Celtics coming up empty on their final possessions. Will he change his approach? If so, the question is how that will impact both his team and the defense of the Sixers in key spots.