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Celtics vs 76ers Game 4 Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to bounce back on Friday night as they play host to the Boston Celtics in the fourth game of their second-round Eastern Conference series.

The Sixers trail the Celtics 2-1 in the best-of-seven set after losing 107-91 at home as a favorite on the NBA odds in Game 3 on Wednesday night. Kevin Garnett led Boston with 27 points that day.

The 76ers sit at 35-31 (34-32 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Celtics are currently 39-27 (34-31-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Philadelphia is 30-36 OU, and Boston is 29-37 OU.

View Boston vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Philadelphia opened as 2-point favorites at BetOnline, while the NBA total was set at 172.5 for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting at shops such as TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The 76ers - Celtics odds would favor the 76ers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Philadelphia is rated No. 6 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Celtics sit at No. 17. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 95-94 win for the 76ers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 22-ranked offense (93.6 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 2 at 89.3 PPG. The 76ers have averaged 44.8% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (46% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 6-rated mark, allowing 94.3 points per game when on the road. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 25 in home scoring.

In their last action, Boston was a 107-91 winner on the road against the 76ers. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (198) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Boston got 27 points and 13 rebounds from Kevin Garnett en route to a 107-91 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5


A few Celtics at 76ers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Boston is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games when playing Philadelphia
Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
Philadelphia is 7-15-2 ATS in its last 24 games when playing at home against Boston

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Boston home to Philadelphia, Monday, May 21
Philadelphia at Boston, Monday, May 21