Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 4 Odds, Analysis, NBA Betting Pick

Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 4 Odds, Analysis, NBA Betting Pick

The Boston Celtics eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers, winning Game 5, 114-112 to take the series, 4-1.

After shooting 13-24 (54.2%) in the last six seconds of the shot clock in Game 1, the Celtics have shot just just 33.3% (including 9-29 from three) on those shots over the last three games.

Rozier made a pair of free throws to make it 113-109 - eight straight points for Boston.

The Philadelphia 76ers simply would not go away. It's a testament to a program they've been nurturing since he took over as coach five years ago.

After another thrilling win, the Boston Celtics are moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. He's with Boston now, but he's out for the playoffs following knee surgery.The Celtics are also without star forward Gordon Hayward, who suffered a devastating broken leg in Cleveland on opening night.The Celtics' offense is now a balanced attack with Terry Rozier (18.3 ppg for the playoffs, entering Game 5) and rookie Jayson Tatum (18.3 ppg) leading the way. Now Boston has to head back home with the chance to close it out, and as Vegas Insider shows, the line on the game opened with the 76ers as one-point favorites and on nearly all sites it has already jumped to -1.5 in favor of Philly. Jayson Tatum hit two free throws and Dario Saric scored to put the 76ers up four when Al Horford's drive and slam got back Boston back within two with 1:27 to play. Atypically, the Celtics attacked the rim more than they launched 3-pointers, and the result was a relatively efficient first-half.

"If we're ever going to do anything of any significance, we're going to have to go through the Boston Celtics", Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said after the game.

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The Garden was once again rocking, with former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe the guest of honor, thanks to his newfound bromance with Rozier. Boston was 6-for-20 in the third, with six turnovers, watching a nine-point lead wither to one. Then on Wednesday night in Boston for Game 5, they almost did it again in front of the pro-Celtics crowd, with Drew Bledsoe on hand, falling by the slimmest of margins, 114-112.

76ers: Embiid was called for a technical foul for elbowing Horford under the basket midway through the third period.

So he made the second and sprinted back down the floor just in time to jump in front of a scrum in front of the Sixers bench.

Celtics G Shane Larkin (left shoulder sprain) was unavailable after running into a hard pick in Game 4.

Brad Stevens wasn't going there. McConnell responded with a terrific effort tallying a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and no turnovers. Tatum and Utah's Donovan Mitchell are the only two National Basketball Association rookies with seven straight playoff games of at least 20 points since Julius Erving did it in 1972.

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