Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics odds and point spread
May 02 2018
Redick noted the toughness of Boston's resilient group, while also talking about the improvements the Sixers have made over the last few months.
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As the Philadelphia 76ers prepare for a loud atmosphere in Boston, forward Ersan Ilyasova told ESPN the arena will be different from their first-round matchup against the Heat.
The Celtics were 27-14 in the Garden in the regular season. Simons leads in rebounds with 10.6 and in assists with 2.4 per game. Boston entered the fourth with a 77-67 lead but scored 43 points to close the game.
The Celtics have the edge in the all-time playoff series with the Sixers 11-8 in 19 meetings. It's a staggering contrast, for sure. But the young point guard has proven he's capable of stepping up, especially at home. "He's been great all year". He's the stabilizing veteran and the team leader, and he set the tone on Saturday night early on when the Celtics needed to establish themselves. Al Horford and Terry Rozier were brilliant as they each had a team-high 26 points.
"From there, the Celtics pulled away, getting big baskets down the stretch from Rozier and Tatum as faint-but-distinct chants of "(Expletive) the Process" rained down.
"You just out there having fun", said Rozier. Simmons was an absolute beast and Markelle Fultz has come back into the fold for Philly. "If it takes for us to go back and forth and jaw back and forth or battle, push each other, it's whatever". Rozier has been significantly better at home than on the road in the playoffs, so that's at least a good sign for the Celtics' Game 1 chances.
"I don't think we're focused on what we've come through", Baynes said. Boston relied mostly on pick-and-roll and one-on-one offense. "The main important thing is just slowing my mind down".
With Jaylen Brown's strained hamstring, the Celtics already depleted roster is now even more shallow. The 6-foot-10 point guard Simmons and the 7-foot Embiid have a full complement of weapons like sharpshooters JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli, and versatile forwards Dario Saric and Robert Covington. Though Brown was ruled available to return - and Stevens said he was permitted to use the forward "in a pinch" - the 21-year-old did not check back into the game. "They're a bear to play against". Smart will be counted on offensively and defensively in this series, and his presence, along with the emergence of Terry Rozier (26 points in Game 7), will help lead Boston to a cover and possible upset of favored Philadelphia in Game 1.
"They're super-talented", CelticscoachBrad Stevens said. Qualified subscribers can also watch on TNT Overtime. After the game, Brown said, "I'm ready", adding, when asked if he'll go in the opener, "That's my goal".