For the Boston Celtics, it all comes down to this. Victory over the Philadelphia 76ers and they advance onward to a meeting with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Lose, and… well, it will likely signal the end of the line for a group that won a championship, came close one more time, and were generally one of the toughest machines in green for almost four decades.
They’ll go into the decisive Game 7 at the TD Garden without shooting guard Avery Bradley, who is done for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Others have been patched up: Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are playing through the pain. Whenever the Celtics play-off run ends, they will surely have nothing left to give.
Philadelphia have been less than impressive, especially offensively, but they did hold their nerve for a 82-75 victory on Wednesday to avoid elimination. But no Sixer has scored more than 22 points in any of the games in this series. Theirs is a limited roster but the one advantage which might swing things in their favour is youth. That’s why taking the 76ers to progress with a win in regulation is a temping bet at 3.10.
There are also good odds on Boston to score less than 87 points at 1.91. Or at the same price, it’s worth going under the forecast total points of 170.0 in the game. With two offensively limited teams slugging it out, things could get ugly.
Bet of the Day: Go under 170.0 total points in 76ers – Celtics.