No, I don’t have history to back it up, but it just feels like a game Boston will win. The last time I was truly shocked Boston lost a home game in the playoffs: May 2009, game seven against the Orlando Magic. The Celtics had won game five at home and then lost game six on the road. The Magic went bananas on 3-pointers and routed the defending NBA champs, 101-82. It was one of those jaw-dropping performances Orlando hasn’t really been able to pull off since that postseason: 13-of-21 on three-pointers and hammering Boston in the 4th quarter (35-21), coupled with a Paul Pierce 4-for-13 clunker. You could put an asterisk by the series if you’d like – Kevin Garnett didn’t play due to injury.
I don’t expect to be shocked tonight. Barring a Superhuman LeBron/Wade-like performance out of Evan Turner/Lou WIlliams/Jrue Holiday/Andre Iguodala, I don’t see a Philly upset happening. The Celtics, who will be without Avery Bradley (shoulder) are 5.5 point favorites. I’ll be rooting for the 76ers, but I’m guessing they’ll lose, 88-80.