Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 5-11-2023

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 5/11/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 5/11/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

East Semifinals – Game 6, PHI leads series 3-2

The Boston Celtics are feeling the pressure after coming within one missed shot from James Harden of potentially clinching a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.


Unfortunately for them, Harden’s shot went in and the Philadelphia 76ers held on for the win in Game 4.


Fast forward to Game 5 and the 76ers delivered a dominant performance on the road, putting the Celtics in a must-win situation for Game 6 just to keep their season alive.


It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the Celtics lately, with even their head coach acknowledging that he made a mistake in not calling a timeout during Boston’s final possession in Game 4.


Despite the coach’s admission, the Celtics came up short in Game 5, looking nothing like the team that made it to the NBA Finals just a year ago.


Now they face the daunting task of coming together and winning a game on the road in order to keep their season alive.


  • The Boston Celtics are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.
  • The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 matches with the 76ers.
  • Boston is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against Philadelphia.

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Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions 5/11/2023


Since James Harden’s game-winning shot in overtime of Game 4, the Philadelphia 76ers have been firing on all cylinders, leading to a dominant road victory in Game 5.


While Joel Embiid’s impressive 33-point performance made the headlines, the contributions of Tyrese Maxey with 30 points and Tobias Harris with 16 points were the key factors that allowed the Sixers offense to thrive and forced Harden into a playmaker role.


With multiple scoring options, Philly becomes a formidable opponent that’s hard to beat in a series.


Their win in Game 1 was also similar with Maxey scoring 26 points, but this time, having all three of their top scorers in sync makes the Sixers an unstoppable force.


Now, as slight home underdogs, it’s up to the Sixers to finish off the series at home. They can’t afford to miss this opportunity, especially since winning three road games, all as +7 underdogs or greater, may prove to be too difficult.


The Celtics are struggling right now with their coach second-guessing himself in public, and a home loss in Game 5 only adds to their woes. The time is ripe for the Sixers to seize the moment.


They have a chance to overcome any big performances from Tatum or Brown with their own star players, and rely on their secondary scorers, Harris and Maxey, to step up again.


While hitting shots may not always carry over from game to game, home-court advantage tends to boost the supporting cast’s morale and lift up their superstars.


The Sixers need to recognize the opportunity that lies ahead of them in Game 6.


  • The total went OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 meetings with the Celtics.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games at home.
  • The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games at home against Boston.

Boston Celtics vs  Philadelphia 76ers. The NBA Pick is the Philadelphia 76ers.


Throughout the 4th quarter of Game 5, whenever the Celtics tried to mount a late comeback, the Philadelphia 76ers swiftly shut them down and maintained a comfortable lead.


Doing this against the defending conference champions in a crucial Game 5, on their home court where Boston wasexpected to win by 7+, and breaking a streak of 11 consecutive Game 5 road losses for the organization, is bound to boost the Sixers’ confidence levels considerably.


Furthermore, the Sixers have a strong record of 5-2 ATS as a home underdog this year, with a 4-3 SU record in those games. This indicates that they have performed well as the underdogs and have a good chance of winning.


As for the Celtics, I am inclined to go with the home team as I don’t think they are in the right mental state as a team to rely on players like Brogdon, White, or Horford to contribute enough offensively in a high-stakes, hostile game like this.


It’s difficult to trust a team that’s laying points on the road in such a situation. Prediction: Philadelphia will win predicted to a score of 106-103.


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Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers 5/11/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 7:30 PM ET


Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA


Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023 




NBA Odds: Philadelphia 76ers +2.5


NBA Totals: 208.5


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