76ers’ Joel Embiid (proper knee) questionable for Sport 5 vs Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers middle Joel Embiid (proper knee sprain) has been downgraded to questionable for Tuesday night time’s Sport 5 second-round matchup in opposition to the Boston Celtics of the 2023 NBA Playoffs.

Embiid missed two video games earlier this postseason due to a lingering knee sprain. In his final three appearances, the 2022-23 NBA MVP winner has averaged 26.3 factors, 9.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 37.3 minutes per recreation.

In accordance to a couple NBA betting websites, the 76ers have fourth-shortest odds to win the championship. Take a look at which sportsbooks are giving the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Phoenix Suns higher odds.

Within the 76ers’ 116-115 time beyond regulation win over Boston in Sport 4 this previous Sunday, Joel Embiid ended his outing with 34 factors, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal in 47 minutes of motion. Plus, the six-time All-Star shot 11-of-26 (42.3%) from the ground and 12-of-15 (80%) on the foul line.

“Tonight, taking part in lots of minutes sort of obtained to me on the finish,” Embiid stated. “We made the performs once we wanted. P.J. [Tucker] with the large and-1. Clearly, the James [Harden] shot. I assumed we caught with it. However that’s been us all season lengthy. We stick collectively and struggle by every part.”

Final Tuesday, Embiid turned the primary MVP winner to common 30 factors and 10 rebounds per recreation on 50% taking pictures from the sector since Moses Malone in 1981-82.

76ers middle Joel Embiid (proper knee sprain) has been downgraded to questionable for Tuesday night time’s Sport 5 matchup in opposition to the Celtics at TD Backyard

James Harden led the Sixers in scoring with 42 factors in 47 minutes. Embiid and Harden are the primary Sixers teammates with 30 factors every in a playoff recreation since Embiid and Seth Curry set the earlier file in June 2021 in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks.

Getting into Sport 5 on Tuesday night time, the 76ers are 2-7 ATS of their final 9 matchups versus Boston. Nonetheless, the Sixers are additionally 5-1 of their previous six street video games. Extra importantly, Philadelphia is 5-15 in its earlier 20 contests in opposition to the Celtics at TD Backyard.

In the meantime, the C’s are 10-2 of their previous 12 house video games. The purpose whole has gone over in seven of Boston’s final eight contests as nicely. And the Celtics are 4-2 ATS of their earlier six video games performed on a Tuesday. In Sport 4, Jayson Tatum missed his first eight pictures earlier than he scored a bucket proper earlier than halftime.

Boston has not dropped back-to-back video games since dropping 131-129 in double-overtime in opposition to the New York Knicks on Mar. 5. Per ESPN’s Basketball Energy Index, the Celtics maintain a 62.1% chance of successful Sport 5 at house. Sportsbooks present the 76ers as a 7.5-point underdog at TD Backyard.

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