|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAJust when it appeared that the Celtics had taken control of this series with a game three win in Philadelphia, things turned around quickly during game four in the City of Brotherly Love. So tonight, we are back in Beantown for a game five and an assurance of a game six back in Philly no matter what the outcome is this evening. Tonights affair will be broadcast on TNT at 7:00ET as game one of a doubleheader followed by the Lakers at Thunder.
The first two games of this series were split, with each team emerging victorious by one point. Returning to Philadelphia, with their new found home court advantage, you started to ponder the possibility of the Sixers actually pulling this thing off. Most people had the 76ers as being very fortunate to have gotten past Chicago in the opening round, mainly due to injuries to the Bulls Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
After game three, that sentiment was all the more prevalent. Boston quickly took back the home court advantage in an impressive way. Two Celtic veterans showed the young Sixers what the NBA playoffs are all about. Kevin Garnett had 27 points and grabbed 13 boards while Paul Pierce contributed 24 and 12 of his own.
Speaking of young, Thaddeus Young led Philly with 22 points and the very youthful Jrue Holiday had 15. Boston committed only seven turnovers enroute to their 107-91 victory. But, alas, the Seventy Sixers must have learned something about resolve from the veteran Celtics as they came back in game four last Friday. They appeared to be down and out when the game began and they trailed 46-31 in the first half off of just 23 percent shooting.
But they shot over 50 percent in the second half and came out on top 92-83. Andre Igoudala and Evan Turner came up large for the Sixers with each player netting 16 points. The series now returns to Boston tied at 2 wins apiece. Look for Rajon Rondo to get the Celtics back on track in this one.
Boston is a 5.5 home court favorite on a $110/$100 moneyline. The same moneyline holds for the over / under of 173.5 total points.