NBA Playoffs Free Betting Picks - Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics - Game 2

Match-up: Game 2 - Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (Boston leads series 1-0)
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 8:30pm ET
Betting Line: Philadelphia 76ers -4
Quick Pick: Boston Celtics +4

Game 2 of the best of 7 series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics will tip off this Thursday, May 3rd. The 2nd seeded Boston Celtics are looking to take a 2-0 leads in the series over the third seeded 76ers. The winner of this series will head to the Eastern Conference Finals where they will take on the winner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. The Celtics come into this game as the underdog for the second straight game. The 76ers are listed at -4 over the Boston Celtics in Game 2.

Celtics Back at Home

Boston reached the Eastern Conference Finals a season ago, only to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics went 55-27 during the regular season despite losing Gordon Hayward on the first night of the season. The Celtics finished with a 27-14 home record this season and was one of the top defensive teams in the league, allowing just over 100 points per game.

The Celtics survived the first round without superstar Kyrie Irving and will have to continue to find ways to win without him as he will miss the entire postseason. Al Horford has stepped up his game during the playoffs. His 19 points and 8.5 rebounds per game lead his teammates in Boston. Horford is scoring more than 19 points per game, and ripping down 8.5 rebounds per game. Terry Rozier has stepped up in place of Irving, leading the team with nearly 7 assists per game.

76ers Upstart Team In a Hole

The Philadelphia 76ers are the young up and coming team that many are backing in this series. The 76ers went 22-19 on the road this season and finished third in the Atlantic Division. The 76ers beat the Heat in five in Round 1. Philadelphia saw their big man Joel Embiid lead the way in the regular season with nearly 23 points per game.

Despite missing the first few games, Embiid leads the team with 21.8 points and 11 rebounds per game. Ben Simmons is the rookie of the year in the National Basketball Association. Playing in his first postseason - he is scoring more than 18 points per game, and ripping down 10 rebounds per game.

Boston Tops Philadelphia at Home

This is going to be another great game. But, in the end, the coaching of Brad Stevens and the veteran, smart play from the Boston Celtics is going to lead them over top. The 76ers are not dead in the series with a loss as they'll go back home for Games 3 and 4. But being down 2-0 in the series is a big deal. That's where they will be. When you are betting on this game, it's hard not to take the underdog. Betting on the Boston Celtics +4 over the Philadelphia 76ers at home is the way to go on Thursday.