It’s gameday! Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers are facing the Boston Celtics at 7:00 pm ET at the Center. Today’s game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Philadelphia and local station 97.5 “The Fanatic”. As for jerseys, Boston plans to rock their classic editions, while Philly is going to wear their icon editions. This season, these Atlantic Division rivals are 1-1 against each other. Also, Philadelphia is hosting the Boston Celtics for the first time this year.
Boston Celtics Outlook
The Boston Celtics are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with an underwhelming 21-21 record. Despite being 5-5 in their last 10 games, Boston is on a three-game win streak. This includes wins against the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers twice. What’s more, Boston has played near excellent defense during this win streak. In the last three games, the C’s only gave up 96.5 points per 100 possessions. Additionally, the Celtics are wrapping up a quick two-game road swing tonight. They are only 8-13 on the road this season, so Philadelphia’s energetic fans could come into play tonight.
Most recently, the Boston Celtics had their way with the Indiana Pacers 119-100 on Thursday night. The headline from this victory was the cohesive play between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Together, the scoring duo combined for 67 points out of Boston’s total of 119. Separately, Tatum poured in 33 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and shot 11-19 (57.9%) from the field. On the other hand, Brown contributed 34 points, 5 rebounds, and shot an elite 7-11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc. In order to maintain this recent success, the Boston Celtics need this dynamic play from these two consistently.
6:30 am ET Injury Report:
- Marcus Smart (Questionable – Health and Safety Protocols)
Philadelphia 76ers Outlook
The Philadelphia 76ers are in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with a 23-17 record. Unfortunately, their seven-game win streak was snapped the other day. But, Philadelphia is still an impressive 8-2 in their last 10 contests. After tonight, the 76ers will kick off a two-game Southeast division road trip starting with the Miami Heat tomorrow. Most importantly, star Joel Embiid continues to dominate the NBA a game at a time. In Philly’s loss against Charlotte, Embiid tied Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson’s record with eight consecutive 30-point games. Therefore, if he scores 30 or more points vs. the Celtics, he’ll make franchise history tonight.
On Wednesday, the Charlotte Hornets outplayed the Philadelphia 76ers 109-98. Along with Joel Embiid’s 31 point performance, guard Tyrese Maxey returned. The 2nd-year guard was sidelined because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He was certainly a sight for sore eyes, as Joel Embiid needed some help offensively. In his return, Maxey put up 10 points on 4-13 (30.8%) shooting from the field. However, there was more bad news alongside the outcome of this game. Veteran forward Danny Green is dealing with right hip pain and he’s out for tonight’s showdown. During his last game, Green landed awkwardly on his right leg after attempting a floater. Regardless, Danny stayed in this game and finished with 7 points. Not to mention, Doc Rivers experimented with Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond lineup in the second half. However, it’s unlikely we’ll see that tonight.
6:30 am ET Injury Report:
- Danny Green (Out – Right Hip Pain)
- Shake Milton (Out – Back Contusion)
- Ben Simmons (Out – Personal Reasons)