The final four teams left in the 2018 NBA Playoffs are officially set, after the Boston Celtics pushed past the Philadelphia 76ers 114-112 Wednesday evening at the TD Garden.
The Celtics finished off their second round series in Game 5 to win by four games to one. Leading the way for Boston was Jayson Tatum, as the 20-year old small forward from St. Louis, Missouri had a team high 25 points while pulling down three rebounds and dishing out four assists for the game.
Jaylen Brown also added 24 points and four rebounds in the victory for Boston and the future of the franchise seems set around these two players even with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the roster.
The Celtics improved to 38-0 in their franchise history after going up 2-0 in a series. Boston will now host the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, in a rematch of last year.
Joel Embiid led the way for the 76ers in defeat, as the 24-year old center from Yaounde, Cameroon had a game high 27 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and passing out four assists for a double-double for the contest.
The game on Wednesday evening had 21 lead changes, which is the top in this current post-season. Dario Saric had a solid performance chipping in 27 points.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs will be this Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics will have a little time to rest before the next series and will need it as they look for Brown's hamstring to heal further.
The Celtics are 999/1 to win the NBA Championship with the Cavaliers 9/2 and the Golden State Warriors are priced at 10/19.
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