NBA Pro Basketball Sports Betting Match up Previews for Wednesday

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The NBA playoffs continue from the Eastern conference on Wednesday May 9th with a single second round game scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of pro basketball bettors worldwide

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The action begins at 8PM Eastern Time on TNT TV as the Boston Celtics look to close out the Philadelphia 76ers at home. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the road team Philadelphia 76ers favored by -1 point with the over under odds lined at 204 points.

Philadelphia was able to avoid the sweep in this series as they get within 3-1 of Boston after the 103-92 victory covering as a seven point favorite. It was a poor shooting win by the 76ers as they connected on only 40.4% with 26.9% from three point range. That has been the story of this series as the 76ers have struggled from the field against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA in the Boston Celtics. What aided the 76ers to victory in Game 4 was their rebounding as they pulled down 53 to the Celtics 43.

Philadelphia also forced 15 turnovers. Boston scoring tandem of Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum combined for 11 of 27 from the floor and 3 of 12 from three. With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward out, it is Rozier and Tatum that upped their game on the offensive end of the court which has rallied the Celtics to the 3-1 series lead. Marcus Smart missed much of the opening round series with the Bucks. But upon his return he energized his teammates for improved play.

Down 0-3 the 76ers tried to utilize intimidation tactics with Joel Embiid trying to get Jayson Tatum out of his game. Marcus Smart was not going to have any of it coming to his teammates defense. Embiid playing with a protective mask with a facial fracture late in the regular season has not shot the ball well. In seven playoff games Embiid is connecting on 42.5% with 32% from three point range. That is way below his 48.3% shooting percentage he had during the regular season.

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