NBA Preview and Tips for 76ers-Celtics Game 5

The 76ers will have to not only win at Boston in Game 5 but also Games 6 and 7 to keep their season alive. Can they pull off what no team has done before?

Alex Herman
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Tue, 8 May, 9:44 AM

 

 

Well the 6ers are clinging on to their season after avoiding what would’ve been an embarrassing sweep if they lost Game 4 but managed to pull away and force a Game 5 to keep the series alive.

 

No team has ever come back from 3-0 down (from 130 chances) to win the series and I expect this series will be no exception, however, it is one of the more likely candidates for it to happen if it’ll ever happen. Philadelphia are currently a very thin $4.80* to win the series despite still with a two game deficit and no margin for error. Making things trickier is the fact they face Game 5 in Boston in front of what will sure to be a fired-up crowd, hungry to face the Cavaliers in the Conference Finals like they did two years ago (and lost 4-1).

 

Philadelphia’s win in Game 4 still left a lot to be desired. Neither team shot above 42% for the game and it was generally just an ugly performance all-around which was largely decided because of Boston’s higher turnover count and an unexpected turnout from 6ers backup point guard TJ McConnell.

 

Expect the Celtics to get back to how they were playing in the first three games and unless the 6ers can somehow resurrect their form of a month or two ago, I can’t see how they’re going to get back into this series. The Celtics are yet to drop a game at home these playoffs and won’t want to give the Cavaliers an advantage in the Conference Finals by tiring themselves out from slugging out a 6 or 7 game series.

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