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Daily Dose: High C's

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


There was just one game on the National Basketball Association slate on Monday night, and it turned out to be a slight surprise, at least according to the Vegas oddsmakers. The Philadelphia 76ers entered the game installed as a favorite by a couple of buckets, but the Boston Celtics told them to slow their roll. The C's awakened the echoes of the old Boston Garden, taking care of the Sixers in first game of a series which hopefully renews and old-school rivalry. Let's get started!


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Boston Celtics 117, Philadelphia 76ers 101:
The Celtics trusted their own process in Game 1, going bananas from behind the arc to pick up the win despite the fact Jaylen Brown (hamstring) was in street clothes. The Boston starting five combined to go 14-of-28 (50.0 percent) from behind the 3-point line, including an amazing seven triples by Terry Rozier. He ended up hitting for 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting while adding eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot over his 35 minutes. Overall, the C's hit 17-of-36 (48.6 percent) from behind the 3-point line, while the 76ers managed just 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) on their triples.

 

Al Horford was all business in the series opener, too, going 10-of-12 from the field to finish with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists over 33 minutes. He contributed two 3-pointers while tying for a game best with a plus-18 rating. Jayson Tatum joined Horford and Rozier as the third member of an unlikely Big Three, dropping in 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including an impressive 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. He also chipped in with a plus-18 rating despite the fact the led the team with four turnovers. His miscues were four of just 10 for the team, however, as they took really good care of the basketball throughout this one.

 

Believe it or not, the C's could get a lot better, too. Marcus Smart stepped in with Brown on the shelf, but he managed just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. He was able to salvage the stat line for DFS players by dumping in nine assists with a steal, and he could be a moderate value in Game 2 if Brown remains on the mend. Over the weekend head coach Brad Stevens didn't offer specifics on when Brown would return, only that he expected him back at some point during the season. Marcus Morris was the leader off the bench with 11 points with five boards and a swat, and he is also a decent mid-tier value in DFS going forward.

 

On the Philly side of the ledger, Joel Embiid was outstanding with 31 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and a steal over 35 minutes. He hit 12-of-21 from the field while dropping in a pair of 3-pointers. However, his offense made up for the fact Robert Covington was a no-show with just three points on 0-of-6 shooting, including 0-of-4 from behind the arc. Covington was a huge disappointment, as was Ersan Ilyasova off the bench. He made just six points with nine rebounds over 21 minutes on 2-of-9 shooting. Overall the Philly reserves were just 5-of-21 (23.8 percent) from the field while contributing just 17 points.

 

Ben Simmons did all right overall for DFS players, posting 18 points with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals with a blocked shot, but he was a dismal 6-of-11 from the free-throw line and he turned it over a game-high seven times to post a terrible minus-21 rating. Marco Belinelli joined him in the ugly minus club, posting a game-worst minus-23 rating to provide very little relief off the bench.

 

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Tuesday’s schedule:
* Cleveland at Toronto - TNT - 8:00 PM


* New Orleans at Golden State - TNT - 10:30 PM

 


Injury note for Tuesday:
All four of the teams playing on Tuesday are surprisingly healthy for this time of the season, but there is obviously one huge note. Stephen Curry (knee) missed the series opener against the Pelicans, but he is listed as probable for Game 2. All indications are that he will not be on a minute restriction, but DFS players likely won't want a lot of exposure to him given the fact he has been off for five weeks and could have considerable rust. As such, he is a high-risk, low-reward player.

 




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