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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 21:15

Game Preview: Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers

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Boston Celtics (16-33, 6-18 road) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-34, 8-16 home)

Wells Fargo Center, 7:00 pm on CSNNE

Officials: Monty McCutchen, Derrick Collins, Olandis Poole 

Line: Celtics -3 (204.5)

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The Celtics and 76ers meet tonight for the second time in eight days, with Philly pulling out a 95-94 victory in Boston last week.  The C's have played just one game since, knocking off Orlando 96-89 at home on Sunday.  Meanwhile the Sixers have dropped three straight, most recently a 108-102 defeat in Brooklyn Monday.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

Boston Celtics:

PG: Rajon Rondo

SG: Avery Bradley

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Jared Sullinger

C: Brandon Bass

 

Philadelphia 76ers:

PG: Michael Carter-Williams

SG: James Anderson

SF: Evan Turner

PF: Thaddeus Young

C: Spencer Hawes

INJURIES

 

Arnett Moultrie, QUES (Ankle)

Brandon Davies, OUT (Finger)

Jason Richardson, OUT (Knee)

Nerlens Noel, OUT (Knee)

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Basement battle part II: One week ago these two clubs took the floor with the NBA's 3rd worst record on the line, and it's going to happen again tonight.  With four other squads all sporting 16-32 records, a win tonight for Boston could drop them from the #4 position in the lottery all the way back to #8. Rajon Rondo heating up: Rondo had easily his best game of the season on Sunday against the Magic, posting 19 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals while shooting 9-11 from the field (and 8-8 inside the three point arc).  His follow up performance tonight should lend some insight as to how close he is to being his old self again. Celtic nemesis Evan Turner: Last Wednesday Turner hit an off-balance buzzer-beating jumper in the lane to steal the win for Philly at the Garden.  Just over a year ago, on December 7, 2012, Turner also hit a game winning shot to beat Boston.  Oddly enough on both occasions the final score was 95-94.

NOTES

Gerald Wallace will be back and ready to go after leaving the team for a few days and sitting out the Orlando game due to a death in the family. At 8-16 the Sixers have the 2nd worst home record in the league, behind only Milwaukee's 5-18.

PREDICTION

I think the Celtics have revenge on their minds and a bitter taste in their mouths from the last-second home loss a week ago.  Boston also played that game without both Rondo and his starting backcourt mate Avery Bradley.  Philadelphia appears destined to grab a top three spot in the lottery standings, and I can't see them getting two wins against the same team in an eight-day span.  

Boston Celtics 99, Philadelphia 76ers 84

 

Follow Mark Vandeusen on twitter @LucidSportsFan

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