On to the City of Brotherly Love as the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of their Best-of-seven series. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 pm start time and it will be televised live on TNT. Currently the odds have Philadelphia favored by 2 points with the total sitting at 175.5 points for the contest.
Free Analysis: The Boston Celtics are one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals and the 76ers are attempting to stay alive when the conference semifinals return to Philadelphia for tonight’s Game 6. After trailing by three points at halftime on Monday, Boston exploded in the second half, outscoring the visiting Sixers 54-35 en route to a comfortable 101-85 win. But this time it wasn’t one of the four Celtics stars that led the way on offense, instead it was PF Brandon Bass who scored a whopping 27 points on 9-of-13 FG and 9-of-10 FT. But it wasn’t all Bass, as the usual suspects, PG Rajon Rondo (13 points, 14 assists) and PF Kevin Garnett (20 points, six rebounds) also had big games. Although Bass, Garnett and Rondo all played outstanding in Game 5, SF Paul Pierce and SG Ray Allen didn’t do a whole lot. Pierce finished with 16 points (3-of-7 FG, 9-of-9 FT), but had just four rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes of action. Pierce has been a road warrior in the playoffs though with 25.0 PPG (45% FG, 8-of-18 threes) and 9.5 RPG in his past four road games. Allen started off this series with two solid games (14.5 PPG on 46% FG), but has scored a total of 13 points on 5-of-14 FG (2-of-9 threes) in his past three contests combined. Boston, despite being a veteran club, is 28-16 SU (26-18 ATS) on one day’s rest this season, holding these opponents to 89.2 PPG. Philadelphia has also held strong with just one off-day in between games, going 26-19 (24-21 ATS) and they are also a perfect 4-0 when coming off an SU loss in the 2012 playoffs, holding these teams to just 83.5 PPG. There was an Elton Brand sighting in Game 5, as the high-priced power forward finally showed up to play this series. After totaling 17 points (38.9% FG) in Games 1-4, Brand exploded for 19 points (8-of-13 FG) in 30 minutes in Monday’s loss. But none of his teammates had more than dozen points on the night. SF Andre Iguodala scored a mere eight points (3-of-10 FG) and has been more efficient on his home floor though, averaging 15.0 PPG on 49% FG (8-of-14 threes), 6.8 RPG and 3.8 APG in his past four games at Wells Fargo Center. SG Evan Turner is coming off a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), but he has gone ice-cold in the past three games, making a pathetic 24% FG (11-of-45). Jrue Holiday has been the 76ers’ most consistent scorer with 13.5 PPG on 50% FG (9-of-15 threes) in the past four games, tallying double-figure points in all four contests. PG Lou Williams (10.8 PPG, 3.4 APG in series) and SF Thaddeus Young (9.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG in series) have made big contributions off the bench, but the duo connected on just 6-of-18 shots with four turnovers in game 5. Philadelphia has won 4 of their last 5 home games vs Boston and in the 4 wins they held the Celtics to just 81.5 ppg.
Free Pick: Would love to pick my Sixers in this one, but just can't pull the trigger, so I will look to the OVER in this one. These teams have been running a bit more lately and it has resulted in the teams averaging 186.3 ppg in the last 3 games of this series. Philadelphia has played some great defense this year and have allowed just 85.7 ppg at home, but Boston did score 101 and 107 points vs them in 2 of the last 3 games, including putting up 107 points on them in this building in game 3. Phily is not a great scoring team, but they still average 92 ppg at home while the Celtics give up 93 ppg on the road. Both teams are pushing tempo right now and with this being a possible elimination game for Philly you can expect them to throw everything offensively at the C's that they can, plus if they are down late they will start fouling as well. Both teams should hit 90+ points in this one as it goes over the total with ease.
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