76ers in a hole
The Philadelphia 76ers will host the Boston Celtics in their second round Eastern Conference playoff match up on Saturday.
The 76ers have a two-game deficit after losing both contests to the Celtics at the TD Garden.
It was a disappointing performance from the 76ers who, at least on paper, would seem like the favourite of the four remaining teams left in the post-season in the East.
The Toronto Raptors will be mistrusted until they prove otherwise after repeated failures in the playoffs, the Celtics are missing two of their best players for the remainder of the season and have others banged up and the Cleveland Cavaliers are currently LeBron James and whoever turns up on a particular evening.
Not exactly an inspiring bunch and so the 76ers with an overabundance of young talent should be a serious threat. Not so far however as Boston won 117-101 and 108-103 in the first two games at the TD Garden.
Philadelphia, 8/1 to win the Eastern Conference, probably has to sweep the two games at the Wells Fargo Center to remain in contention as it is hard to see the 76ers coming back from a further deficit.
Meanwhile the Cavaliers take a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors back to the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for Game 3 of their match up.
The Raptors were 34-7 at home during the regular campaign and their back-to-back losses to the Cavaliers were the first time all year that Toronto had lost two games at home in a row.
The 76ers are 4999/1 to win the NBA Championship this year with the Celtics 999/1 and the Cavaliers are priced at 9/2.
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