It’s not looking good.
The Philadelphia 76ers are down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Playoffs. They’re without one of their best players (Ben Simmons) for the remainder of the season. And there’s little room for error left.
Their last, best shot at a comeback begins with Game 3 in the best-of-seven playoff series Friday at 6:30 p.m.
With just one win, the 76ers can get themselves back in the mix, giving themselves a reasonable shot to capture the series. And FanDuel Sportsbook is making it even more interesting with a promotion tied to the game’s first basket. Bettors who place a $25 (or more) First Basket Scorer wager will earn a $1 bonus in site credit for each point that player scores in the game (max $25).
So a game that already has plenty of importance can become even more exciting with a first-basket wager. There are numerous other NBA bets available as well. In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ Pick Play, we’ll get you ready for Game 3 with a rundown of all the odds and available wagers for Sixers/Celtics at the best PA sportsbooks.
Philadelphia is a five-point underdog at BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse
Friday’s playoff game will be held inside the NBA’s bubble at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando and will be televised nationally on TNT. The Celtics are currently five-point favorites at BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and DraftKings SportsBook. Meanwhile, the Sixers are +175 on the moneyline at BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse. Fox Bet has them at +180.
In the first two games of the series, Boston won 109-101 and 128-101. FanDuel Sportsbook has set the over/under for Game 3 at 216 total points.
For those interested in FanDuel’s first basket promotion, here are the details:
- Players must place a $25 (or more) wager on a player to score the first basket in the Boston/Philadelphia game.
- You will receive $1 bonus per point that your player scores the rest of the game
- Max Bonus $25
- Bonus paid out whether or not selected player scores the first basket
- 1 eligible wager per person, per game
- Pre-live proposition bets only
- Cash out, live bets and odds boosts ineligible
- Straight bets only
- Amount equal to site credit must be wagered before winnings can be withdrawn
- Opt-in required
Joel Embiid is FanDuel’s favorite to score the first basket
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid is the favorite at FanDuel to score the game’s first basket at +330. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Sixers forward Tobias Harris are next at +500. Jaylen Brown (+750), Josh Richardson (+800) and Kemba Walker (+850) follow them.
Pricing is available on both team’s starters, giving you a chance to chase some longer odds if you’d like. In addition to the first basket wager, FanDuel has bets available on the winning margin, halftime spread, player props and a few other options too.
One of the most interesting prop bets is the game’s top scorer. Embiid leads that category too, with odds of +120. Tatum is +165, while Walker is +800 and Harris is +1000.
Daily fantasy showdowns and contests provide more NBA action
If you’re seeking more excitement than what a single wager can provide, Friday’s daily fantasy games may provide a solution. DraftKings and FanDuel have been offering a steady menu of contests throughout the NBA playoffs.
Tonight, DraftKings is offering an $8 entry single-game showdown for the Celtics/Sixers that has a total prize pool of $25,000 and a top prize of $5,000. Over at FanDuel, the featured showdown contest for Boston/Philadelphia has a $4.44 entry fee with a total prize pool of $25,000 and a top prize of $2,000. Other showdown contests are available on both sites at multiple price points.
So no matter what your budget is, there are plenty of daily fantasy contests available for Friday’s action.
Game 4 tips off on Sunday
Win or lose Friday, the 76ers will play at least one more playoff game with the Celtics. Game 4 tips off Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC. Betting lines for that game should be available on Saturday.
But first, Philadelphia’s last best shot to get back in the series arrives on Friday.
It’s not looking good right now, but things can change quickly in the playoffs.
Momentum can shift. Outlooks can too.
The Sixers just need a win to make that all happen.