The Sixers and Celtics tip off at 6:30 pm EDT. Boston leads the series 1-0.
Okay, we learned our lesson.
No more hanging our hat on Al Horford (although he did cover the Over 6.5 on his Rebounds Monday with 7). We will now be more likely to lay our money on Al Bundy than Al Horford.
Joel Embiid is a different story. He easily topped his Over on Rebounds (16/12.5) and just snuck us in as a winner on Points (26/25.5). Thankfully, we took the smaller number rather than the 26.5s that had some better odds. Let that be a lesson to us all.
Note to Sixers: Embiid should always be the player on your team with the most field goals attempted. (We’d prefer none of them be three-pointers, but that ship sailed a long time ago.) He finished Monday with the same number of FGA in 37 minutes as Alec Burks did in 28 minutes off the bench. Not a winning formula.
And now with Gordon Hayward out (ankle sprain suffered in Game 1), this feels a little like Derrick Rose and the Bulls in 2012 when the Sixers capitalized on the reigning MVP tearing an ACL in Game 1. Hayward is no Rose, although he is a real nice, solid player, and we are not saying the Sixers will win the series. But for one game, we can see Embiid staying focused and going off as the Celtics try to adjust.
When we looked, FanDuel had the best odds on Embiid across the board, so we will go all-in with those.
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Joel Embiid Overs (All FD) –
$10/$9.26 . . . 27.5 Points (-108)
$10/$9.80 . . . 13.5 Rebounds (-108)
$10/$9.62 . . . 44.5 Pts+Reb+Ast (-104)
$10/$8.33 . . . 40.5 Pts+Rebs (-120)