76ers vs. Celtics Game 2 Prediction: NBA Playoff Odds, Point Spread

Andrew Rogers | Updated Aug 19, 2020

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Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers look to rebound tonight after a sloppy effort in Game 1.

Philadelphia
43-30
AT
August 19, 2020, 6:30 PM ET
HP Field House
Boston
48-24
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +165
Over / Under o +215

42%

Betting Action

58%

Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +215

42%

Betting Action

58%

So much for being healthy. The Boston Celtics were victorious in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series with Philadelphia, but they lost a key member of their starting five as they get set to face the 76ers Wednesday night in Game 2. Small forward Gordon Hayward will miss the next four weeks with an ankle sprain he suffered in the series-opening 109-101 win – and his absence has taken a bite out of Boston’s advantage against the spread (ATS).

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Celtics successfully covered – though not by much – as a 6.5-point favorite in Game 1, but the added degree of difficulty following Hayward’s severe ankle injury has knocked the Game 2 line down a couple of points. But Boston hasn’t sweat that much as a playoff favorite, going a red-hot 35-16-1 ATS the last 52 times it has been in that situation. The 76ers, meanwhile, are just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games played on one day of rest.

About 55 percent of Sports Interaction bettors are putting their faith in the Celtics to cover yet again Wednesday night, while a much larger contingent – 84 percent – are taking the over on the total of 216. Game 1 came in well under the Vegas total and produced the second-fewest points of any Game 1 – but the total will almost certainly come in higher Wednesday if these teams shoot better than the combined 19-for-58 mark they posted from beyond the arc Monday.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers can certainly look at their 3-point shooting as one of the reasons for the Game 1 loss, but it wouldn’t hurt if they took much better care of the basketball Wednesday. Philadelphia committed 18 turnovers leading to 21 Boston points in the series opener, while generating just seven points off seven Boston turnovers themselves. Joel Embiid was the worst culprit, committing five turnovers while dishing out only one assist on the night.

Boston Celtics

If there’s one positive the Celtics can glean from Monday’s key injury, it’s that they’ve become quite used to playing without Hayward, who averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the season but appeared in just 52 games. And regardless of how Boston handles its bench assignments in Game 2, there is one certainty: Marcus Smart (12.9 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.8 rpg) should seamlessly slide into Hayward’s spot in the starting lineup.

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