The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping home court helps tonight, Wednesday May 23rd, as they face elimination in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Celtics have a 3-2 lead after winning Game 5. Neither team has won consecutive games in the series. NBA oddsmakers have the 76ers as -1.5 point home favorites over the Celtics with the over/under set at 175.5 points. Be sure to check the Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers Game 6 2012 NBA Point Spreads before the game tips-off.
Boston (7-4, 2-3 V) took a 3-2 series lead with a strong second-half performance on Monday en route to a 101-85 victory. 83.3 percent of the teams that have won Game 5 in a seven-game series go on to win. Brandon Bass was the surprise player during Boston’s win. Bass scored 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter and torturing the Sixers’ Thaddeus Young at both ends of the floor in a five- minute stretch of basketball that could prove to be the Sixers’ undoing. Kevin Garnett added 20 points, Paul Pierce had 16 and Rajon Rondo scored 13 with 14 assists for the Celtics, who held a double-digit lead for the last 11 minutes and went up by as many as 20 down the stretch.
Rajon Rondo is a true facilitator and on the floor he gets where he wants to go. At times, he gambles, but opponents have a difficult time impeding his play. Rondo had seven turnovers in Game 1, but since has a combined nine in four games. Holiday said the Sixers will try to put more pressure on the three-time All-Star in Game 6, but now in his sixth NBA season there is little Rondo hasn’t had thrown at Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday defensively. In addition to his playoff-leading assists per game, Rondo is also averaging better than 14 points and almost three steals.
Philadelphia’s (6-5, 4-1 H) Elton Brand led the Sixers with 19 points — just seven in the second half — Lavoy Allen scored 12 off the bench and Evan Turner had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Lou Williams, the team’s leading scoring, is shooting 35 percent in this series and is 4 for 16 from three-point range.
Philadelphia now hopes its home floor and the fact the team is 4-0 this postseason in games following a loss can get them a Game 7 back in Boston on Saturday. “We have that same opportunity,” Collins said. “Let’s give ourselves that chance. Let’s get ourselves back to Boston with a Game 7 and see what we can do.”
Since 2008 when the big three plus Rondo were brought together, the Celtics played 12 road close-out games in the playoffs. Boston’s record in those contests is 2-10. The Sixers know the cliche: Wednesday is win or go home. Victory is the only option in their minds. “It is kind of like it’s the end of the world,” Holiday said. “We have to want it more than they do, that is the only way you can look at it. You really just have to go out there and fight and battle.”
The Bottom Line: If any team has to win a close out a game on the road, the Celtics are the ones to do it. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NBA Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NBA Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Celtics are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia.
Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers
When: Wednesday, May 23rd@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Celtics +1.5
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