Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics Game 3 Preview, Predictions & Picks

Brett Boyle previews Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics Game 3 and shares his predictions as the Sixers aim to record their first win of the series.


Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics Game 2 Recap

The Celtics blew out the 76ers by a score of 128-101 in game 2. Jayson Tatum had yet another big game for Boston, setting a new playoff career high with 33 points on a ridiculous 12-20 shooting. This comes just one game after he had set a career high with 32 points. Can we start calling him a superstar yet? The Celtics got a lift from Kemba Walker, contributing 22 points on 8-16 shooting.

The 76ers offensive struggles continued as they scored 101 points for the second straight game. Joel Embiid scored an efficient 34 points and was the only competent looking player offensively for the Sixers. Tobias Harris and Al Horford, who combine for $289 million, scored a combined 17 points on 6-18 shooting. This obviously is unacceptable and will need to change if the Sixers hope to make this a series.

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics Game 3 Preview

Game 3 is already a must win for the Sixers as they try to avoid dropping into a deadly 3-0 hole. One thing that was painfully evident in game 2 was Brett Brown’s inability to make in game adjustments. To give the Sixers coach some credit, the changes the Sixers made prior to tip-off worked very well. The Sixers played great in the first quarter and a half of the game. They successfully got the ball to Embiid in the post and facilitated everything through him. Once Boston adjusted for this, the Sixers never responded and got pummeled.

If you are the Boston Celtics, you do everything exactly the same. The Sixers do not have a defensive answer for Boston’s pick and rolls and Kemba Walker had a field day with wide open mid range shots all second half. As long as the Celtics continue to hit their open looks and Brad Stevens out coaches Brett Brown, this will be a short series.

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics Game 3 Pick

While I don’t think that the Sixers are going to be able to slow down the Celtics offense, I do expect the Celtics to cool off a bit. There were 229 total points scored in game 2, which is just one point off the average since the restart. Even with an expected cool off, I still am taking the over which is currently at 216.5.

So, who will win tomorrow? It is really hard to imagine the Sixers getting swept in this series, however I saw absolutely nothing from them in game 2 to give any indication that they will win game 3. So, I will put my money on Boston.

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