Originally Posted by MikeSki
Any particular reason why you like this so much?
Well, besides fading the enormous public backing, you mean? Ha. Long story short, I find that Boston doesn't blow out teams like the 76ers very often.
In 23 regular season and playoff games versus PHI, CHI, MIA, ATL (the top 4 DEF EFF teams with similar PACE stats--and relatively similar OFF EFF stats), Boston has won games by 6 or more points only 7 times (interestingly, most of them versus MIA). Granted, 5 of those were in 14 home games and 2 of those came in this series versus the 76ers, but overall, they're not a blow out type of team.
Don't get me wrong, I think they most likely win this game, but I think it'll come down to the wire.