The Celtics, who have a commanding 3-0 lead in this Eastern first rounder, are facing the Sixers once again. Philadelphia, who is in the verge of elimination, is 1-6 in their last 7 games and want to bounce back today to avoid getting swept. On the other hand, Boston is 7-1 in their last 8 and want to end this series as soon as possible to get some extra rest.
Date/Time: 08-23-2020, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers +7.5 Total: +214
The Sixers finished the regular season with a 43-30 record (31-38-4 ATS). They were sixth in the East. They have lost six of their last seven matches. In their last game, they lost to the Celtics in Game 3, 94-102. They were a 6-point underdog and failed to cover the spread.
Joel Embiid leads the team both in scoring with 30 ppg and in rebounding with 13 per game. Josh Richardson follows with 17.7 ppg and 4 rebounds per game.
The Celtics finished the regular season with a 48-24 record (41-27-4 ATS). They were 3rd in the East. They have won seven of their last eight matches. In their last game, they won against the 76ers, 102-94. They were a -6 favorite and managed to cover the handicap.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 26.7 ppg and in rebounding with 8 per game. Jaylen Brown adds 23.3 ppg and 6 rebounds per game.
Boston leads Philadelphia 4-3 wins this season.
The Celtics are better both offensively (113.6 to 110.3 ppg) and defensively (107 to 108.5 ppg).
They are also better both in rebounding (46 to 45.6) and in turnovers committed (13.6 to 14.2).
On the other hand, the Sixers are better in FG% (46.4% to 46%) and in assists made (25.6 to 22.8).
Both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (36.4% to 36.3%).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -7.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They are the favorite for the win but the Sixers will surely force a closer game in order to avoid elimination.
Celtics vs 76ers Game 4 Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers +7.5 (-105)
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