Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics Game 6 Prediction and Odds: 2023 NBA Playoffs

The No. 3 seeded Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) host the Boston Celtics for a potential series closeout game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Thursday evening. The 76ers are coming off a 115-103 win in Boston on Tuesday.

These odds from William Hill were correct at the time of writing.

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Philadelphia vs Boston – Game Predictions 

Bookmakers currently favor the Celtics (-2) on the spread and at -142 on the moneyline against the 76ers (+104). The total is set at 214.5 points.

Prediction 1: Jayson Tatum over 4.5 assists @ 20/29 (-145) 

Jayson Tatum has increased his assist output this postseason. Through 11 games in the two series, the 25-year-old is averaging 5.1 assists per game, 0.6 more than the prop being offered by William Hill Sportsbook.

The former Duke Blue Devil’s season average is 4.6, just a touch above the 4.5.

In terms of months, Tatum has averaged more than 4.5 assists in five of the eight months the NBA has been in session. The 2017 No. 3 overall pick has surpassed the prop in eight of his past 10 contests (80%).

Prediction 2: Joel Embiid over 2.5 blocks/steals 10/17 (-170)

Embiid has been a monster on the defensive end which has helped the 76ers take the lead over the Celtics. In seven playoff appearances this season, he’s recorded more than 2.5 steals and blocks six times (86% of the time).

During the regular season, he averaged 1.7 blocks per game and 1.0 steals. In the playoffs, he’s averaging 2.9 blocks per game and .75 steals per outing.

Joel Embiid playoff game log

  1. Game 5 (Boston): 4 blocks, 0 steals
  2. Game 4 (Boston): 0 blocks, 1 steal
  3. Game 3 (Boston): 4 blocks, 1 steal
  4. Game 2 (Boston): 5 blocks, 0 steals
  5. Game 3 (Brooklyn): 2 blocks, 1 steal
  6. Game 2 (Brooklyn): 3 blocks, 1 steal
  7. Game 1 (Brooklyn): 2 blocks, 1 steal

In his past 10 games, the Kansas product has passed the 2.5 blocks and steals prop 60% of the time. Every month this season aside from October (the first month), Embiid averaged 2.5 or more blocks and steals.

76ers vs Celtics: Will Boston force a game 7?

The Celtics have to win in Philadelphia if they are to continue their championship hopes. Last year, Boston fell in the NBA Finals to the Warriors (4-2). 

The organization hasn’t won a title since the 2007-2008 season when they rostered the “big 3” which included Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.


Philadelphia is the joint favorite to win the NBA Title with Denver at +290 odds.

The last time the franchise hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy was in the 1982-1983 campaign when they swept the Los Angeles Lakers.

Philadelphia 76ers Injury Report:

The 76ers have no injuries heading into game 6.

Philadelphia 76ers Predicted Starting Lineup:

James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, P.J. Tucker and Joel Embiid

Embiid earned the scoring title by leading the league in scoring with 33.1 points per game. The 7-footer also grabbed 10.2 rebounds per game. James Harden finished first in the NBA in assists (10.7 per outing).


Despite losing game 5, Boston’s odds to win the NBA Title sit at +420 (fourth favorite).

Boston Celtics Injury Report:

Danilo Gallinari has been ruled out of game 6 with a knee injury.

Boston Celtics Predicted Starting Lineup:

Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford

Tatum led the Celtics in both points per game (30.1) and rebounds (8.8) during the regular season. Smart recorded the most assists (6.3 apg).

 76ers vs Celtics Head-to-Head Record In 2023

Boston leads the 76ers in head-to-head matchups 5-4 this season. 

 Philadelphia vs Boston Game Details

76ers vs. Celtics prediction

  • Date & Time: Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Where to watch the match in the UK: Sky Sports (TV), FuboTV or another live stream

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