Winning NBA Playoff Expert Point Spread Predictions, News, and Odds for Thursday, May 3, 2018: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics.

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The (56-32) Philadelphia 76ers are in the Bay State for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to face Atlantic Division rivals, the 60-30 Boston Celtics. Tip-off is at the TD Garden in balmy downtown Boston at 8:05 PM EST Thursday on TNT.

The 76ers are 20-2 their last 22 games dating back to the regular season’s conclusion. Philly took care of Miami in five games but the long layoff showed their rust in game-one of this series.

Boston has the best basketball mind as their coach. Brad Stevens has the Celtics believing they can compete with any team, despite their two best players on the sidelines with injuries.

The opening betting line has the Boston Celtics as a four-point home underdog against the spread. The Betting Odds Total is 206 points for Thursday’s contest.

Philadelphia couldn’t make three-point shots in the series opener which ultimately cost them.

Head Coach Brett Brown took the blame for the game-one defeat and will make adjustments Thursday. Philadelphia got exposed for their lack of athleticism at the two guard and Forward positions.

Veteran Guard J.J Redick who averages over seventeen points per contest during the regular season had twenty but his inability to guard on the perimeter hurt on defense.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid combined for forty-nine points in defeat. The key for Philadelphia to even the series is to play better defense and Brown must insert more athletes in the lineup, reserve guard Jerryd Bayless comes to mind.

Bovada.Lv lists the 2017-18 Philadelphia 76ers at 2/1 to win the NBA Eastern Conference Championship.

The Boston Celtics got spectacular performances from point guard Terry Rozier and rookie standout Jayson Tatum in their game-one victory in front of the home crowd.

Head Coach Brad Stevens did a masterful job on the bench exposing the 76ers youth and inexperience.

The former Butler University coach who made history taking the Mid Major Bulldogs to back to back Final Fours appearances is making believers out of the faithful in Beantown

Losing Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving will eventually come back to haunt the two seen in the East, but Stevens has the team staying in the moment.

Forward Jaylen Brown also missed the first game with a hamstring injury but expects to play Thursday night.

Boston must continue to expose Philadelphia’s slower players and close out on their three-point shooters. Simmons and Embiid will get their number, but the rest must be contained.

Bovada.Lv has the Boston Celtics at 60/1 to win 2018 NBA Championship.

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