The season will be on the line for the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday as they hit the road to meet the Boston Celtics for Game 7 of their second round series. The winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Miami Heat. Boston enters the matchup as a 6.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.
The 76ers as a franchise have played 17 Game 7’s in history, dating back to their origins as the Syracuse Nationals. Most of them have ended in heartbreak as they’ve posted a 6-11 record in said elimination games. The team’s most recent Game 7 came in 2021, where they were bounced from the second round by the Atlanta Hawks in a 103-96 loss. That game is best remembered for the now infamous moment where Ben Simmons passed up what would’ve been an easy game-tying layup as he stood right under the basket. Prior to that, the 76ers’ most recent Game 7 came in 2019 against the Toronto Raptors, where Kawhi Leonard ripped their hearts out with a buzzer-beater.
Philly’s most recent Game 7 victory came during the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, where MVP Allen Iverson led the team to a 108-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals. That series victory came right after an entertaining second-round battle against the Raptors, where the 76ers defeated Vince Carter and company by one point in Game 7.
As for the Celtics, the Sixers have a 2-5 record all time against them in Game 7s. The most recent time these two teams faced off in a Game 7 was in 2012, where Boston won a low-scoring 85-75 affair to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The only times Philly has won a Game 7 over Boston was during the height of the Julius Erving era in 1977 and 1981.