NBA Betting: Boston to go 3-1 up
The value on Boston is undeniable for this match, going in as underdogs despite a double digit victory in game three.
Game four of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals between Philadelphia and Boston is played tomorrow morning (AEST) and Matt Reid is surprised the betting market hasn't adjusted to Boston's rout in Game three.
Boston shifted gears in game three and it was clear that the Sixers couldn't go with them.
Atlanta has always been a problem for the Celtics so it wasn't a surprise to see them struggle through in six against them in round one, but they are clearly a superior team than Philadelphia. Injuries to Paul Pierce (knee), Ray Allen (ankle) and Avery Bradley (shoulder) are the sole reasons that Boston aren't more favoured to progress in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
In game three those players showed signs that their injuries may be on the mend and if that's the case it could be difficult for Philadelphia to win another game in this series. Their team simply is not built for playoff success. The stars aligned for them in round one with Derrick Rose doing an ACL and Joakim Noah an ankle to assist in their progression past the Bulls. The Sixers game is based around jump shooting without an inside presence. In the playoffs when the defensive intensity is turned up and the Sixers can't run, game four will again be in the low 170's.
The value on Boston is undeniable for this match, going in as underdogs despite a double digit victory in game three. Although the Sixers had an excellent regular season against the Celtics, the playoffs are a different story, and with the game being played predominantly in the half court, the Celtics have huge advantage.
Back Boston @ Betfair odds of 2.2 to go 3-1 up in the series.