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Celtics vs 76ers: Game 3 Pick

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will break a 1-1 series deadlock on Wednesday night as those teams hit the hardwood in Philly in the third game of their second-round playoff series.

The Sixers rebounded from a Game 1 loss with an 82-81 road win in Game 2 of the series on Monday night, paying off on the NBA lines at the sportsbooks in the process. Jrue Holliday scored 18 points.

Philadelphia battles the Celtics, currently with a 39-27 mark (34-31-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 30-36 for the 76ers and 29-37 for the Celtics.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 2.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes, while the total was hovering around 172.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 17-rated Celtics taking on the No. 6-rated 76ers in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 95-94 win for the 76ers on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 93.6 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 2 at 89.3 PPG. The 76ers field goal percentage has averaged 44.8% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 46% per game.

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.3 points per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Philadelphia was an 82-81 winner on the road against the Celtics. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (163) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Philadelphia earned an 82-81 victory over Boston on Monday, getting 18 points from Jrue Holiday at TD Garden.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 9-1
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 2-8
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

 

A few Celtics at 76ers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games on the road
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Boston at Philadelphia, Friday, May 18
Philadelphia home to Boston, Friday, May 18

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