Celtics vs 76ers Prediction Game 5 NBA Playoffs Picks 5/9
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- May 9, 2023, 8:05:11 AM
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The East Semifinals have been an exciting matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, with both teams winning two games each so far. Game 5 is set to take place at the TD Garden on May 9th, and it promises to be another thrilling encounter. In this article, we will provide an extensive review of both teams, including their offense, defense, and injuries. We will then make a prediction on the winner and spread for the game. This article is brought to you by KingPin.pro, a mobile app for iOS and Android that provides free expert picks and predictions for all major sports.
The Boston Celtics have had an impressive season, finishing with a record of 57-25, second in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have a balanced offense, with five players averaging double-digit points per game. Jayson Tatum has been the standout player for the Celtics this season, averaging 30.1 points per game. He is an excellent shooter from the field, averaging 46.6% shooting, and from the free-throw line, averaging 85.4%. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have also been crucial for the Celtics this season, averaging 19.9 and 14.8 points per game, respectively.
Defensively, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in the league, allowing only 104.9 points per game. They have an excellent rim protector in Robert Williams, who is averaging 2.8 blocks per game. Smart has also been a standout player defensively, averaging 1.5 steals per game. However, the Celtics have been struggling with injuries, with Danilo Gallinari ruled out for Game 5.
The Philadelphia 76ers finished the season with a record of 54-28, third in the Eastern Conference. They have one of the best offenses in the league, averaging 118.1 points per game. Joel Embiid has been the standout player for the 76ers, averaging 33.1 points per game. He is a dominant force in the paint, averaging 10.2 rebounds per game. Tobias Harris and James Harden have also been crucial for the 76ers this season, averaging 21.2 and 20.7 points per game, respectively.
Defensively, the 76ers have also been impressive, allowing only 110.3 points per game. They have an excellent rim protector in Embiid, who is averaging 1.7 blocks per game. Harden has also been a standout player defensively, averaging 1.5 steals per game. However, Embiid's injury is a cause for concern for the 76ers, and his availability for Game 5 is still in question.
The Boston Celtics have been impressive at home this season, with a record of 32-9. They will be looking to take advantage of their home court and secure a crucial win in Game 5. However, the Philadelphia 76ers have an explosive offense that can score points in bunches. Even if Embiid is not available, they still have enough firepower to keep up with the Celtics.
In terms of the spread, the Celtics are favored by 7.5 points, but we predict that the 76ers will cover the spread as they will get to this game with confidence after beating the Celtics in Game 4 to tie the series.
Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +7.5