Sixers vs. Celtics Betting Preview (August 23, 2020)

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On Sunday afternoon, the Sixers and Celtics meet in Game 4 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. The Sixers are the first team to face elimination in the Orlando bubble. Can they keep their championship hopes alive? Let’s get into our Sixers-Celtics betting preview, including odds, boosts, and picks.

But before we do, FOX Bet has a 76 to 1 odds offer on any Sixers bet in August. Sign up in Pennsylvania here and in New Jersey here . Obviously, today’s game could be your last chance to get this deal.

Preview

This series has been been about as close to a worst-case scenario for the Sixers as could be.

While the Sixers rebounded somewhat from a 27-point Game 2 blowout, losing by just eight points as they did in Game 1. Perhaps the most disappointing thing for the Sixers is that they managed to keep Game 3 a low-scoring affair, but were still unable to pull out a win.

While teams on the verge of elimination are often expected to come out with a renewed sense of purpose and true determination to continue their season, there’s been little evidence of this Sixers team being invested in continuing their postseason run.

Sixers vs. Celtics Odds

Here’s the line for the Sixers and Celtics at DraftKings Sportsbook PA:

  • Spread: Sixers +8, Celtics -8
  • Moneyline: Sixers +270, Celtics -335
  • Total: 214

And here are the current best available odds for the Sixers (may not display on Google AMP pages):

 

Bets We Like With a Celtics Win

FiveThirtyEight gives the Celtics a 59% chance of winning with a -2 point line, both of which are virtually identical to the model’s prediction ahead of Game 3. Interestingly, the team’s implied win probability, based on the moneyline, is 77%, a difference of 14%. It’s worth noting that the six point disparity between the FiveThirtyEight model and DraftKings Sportsbook is larger than it was ahead of Game 3.

 

Celtics to Win and Under 214 Total Points  (+148, DraftKings)

The O/U for games in this series has bounced around a bit with Game 1 being set at 217.0, Game 2 dropping to 214 points, and Game 3 jumping back up to 216.5 points.  After the over hit in Game 2, the O/U total has risen 2.5 points. The O/U for Game 4 dropping back down to 214 is interesting in that the last time the O/U came in this low, the game ended up being a 128-101 blowout, seeing the highest total point output since the teams’ final meeting of the 2018-19 season.

After shooting 51.2% from the field and 44.2% from deep in Game 2, the Celtics regressed hitting just 41.4% of their shots from the field, including a woeful 25.8% from beyond the arc.

The Sixers were an absolute mess in Game 3, hitting a paltry 29.5% of their shots from the field and an inexplicably horrendous 23.1% from deep

It’s hard to imagine either team shooting as poorly in Game 4, but if the Sixers show any pride, it should be a somewhat low-scoring game. We expect the Celtics to finish off the sweep.

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Daniel Theis Over 9.5 Points and Celtics to Win (+225, FOX Bet)

It might look like an odd bet to place, given Theis’ inability to score against Joel Embiid, but there’s some logic to this one. Theis dropped 9 points in Game 1 and 8 points in Game 2.

He scored in double digits in 15 of the Celtics’ final 20 games of the regular season and seeding round. The ability is there, but Embiid is a tough matchup for any center. If Embiid were to get in early foul trouble or the game becomes a blowout, Theis would likely see a decent stretch of minutes without Embiid guarding the interior.

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Bets We Like With a Sixers Win

 

Sixers Win and Under 214 Total Points (+575, DraftKings)

Given their body of work throughout the series, we cannot advise taking the Sixers to win in any capacity. However, if you’re a fan looking to put a hopeful bet on Joel Embiid’s team, parlay it with Under 214 total points.

We expect Joel Embiid to put in a Herculean effort to extend the series, but his teammates have done little in the way of having a meaningful impact on the game, leaving the Sixers’ chances of extending this series to six or seven games highly unlikely.

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Joel Embiid Over 34.5 Points and Sixers to Win (+800, FOX Bet)

If you follow the line of thinking that the Sixers will need a monstrous game from their best player in order to pull out a Game 4 win and stave off elimination, FOX Bet has a prop worth looking at.

Joel Embiid is averaging 30 points per game in this series and racked up 34 and 30 points in Games 2 and 3, respectively. Given Boston’s difficulty guarding the Sixers’ franchise center, it stands to reason he could be due for a huge scoring game.

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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome

 

Any Sixers Bet (76 to 1 Odds FOX Bet)

As noted above, FOX Bet is has a wild 76 to 1 odds offer on any Sixers bet this month. Sign up using the links here depending on your state and place your first bet for $1 on any Sixers single game bet (opt-in by selecting “challenges” once you’re signed up). You’ll be credited $76 win or lose.

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Sixers vs. Celtics Prediction

Pick: The Celtics have won in a number of ways in this series, taking it to the Sixers in every way and breaking Philadelphia’s spirit in the process. While Joel Embiid could have a big game, it’s likely the Celtics finish off the sweep in Game 4.

Take the Celtics to win and under 214 total points. Consider taking Daniel Theis over 9.5 points and the Celtics to win.

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