The Boston Celtics open up the semifinals against the Philly 76ers, setting up for a surely epic matchup.
After the past 10 games, the 76ers are 7-3 going up against the Celts who posted a 6-4 run the last 10.
The Celtics square up decently against the 76ers, but they will really need find that dominant player on the offensive side of the ball.
The 76ers offense moves at its smoothest with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, which does not poise well for the injury prone Celtics already playing without Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and possibly Jaylen Brown. Players like Terry Rozier, and Jayson Tatum, give the Celtics hope each game with massive contributions from the other starters and role players.
If the Celts were healthy I’d say the Celts in 6 but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
If the Celtics do play without Jaylen Brown, then the 76ers should have no problem beating the Celts barring any late minute comebacks. With Kyrie, the Celtics would be even better, making a harder push against the 76ers which is amazing considering the Celtics are already good without all their star pieces missing. The Celtics are a great team and hopefully prove me wrong.
I can see the Sixers losing early to the Celts due to the home court advantage. The young Sixers will be nervous, trying to combat the crowd and the solid play that the Celtics can give teams, especially at home. I still think the 76ers will pull out the victory in game 1.
At some point the 76ers will slip up due to their youth (maybe Game 1) but I’m going with the 76ers in 6 here.
The Sixers seem to always start the game as the underdog, trailing in the first half but it’s always W at the end of the game.
Game 1 in Boston – 76ers
Game 2 in Boston – Celtics
Game 3 in Philly – 76ers
Game 4 in Philly – 76ers
Game 5 in Boston – Celtics
Game 6 in Boston – 76ers