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Celtics vs 76ers: Boston Leads the Season Series Over Philadelphia

Written by: Christian Jope
Published April 4, 2023
11 min read
  • Jayson Tatum leads the second-place Boston Celtics in scoring with 30.3 points per game
  • MVP-favorite Joel Embiid leads the third-place Philadelphia 76ers with 33.0 points per game
  • Boston leads the season series over Philadelphia, 3-0

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers continue one of the NBA's most intense rivalries. The Philadelphia 76ers are third in the Eastern Conference with a 51-27 overall record and a 28-11 home record. The Boston Celtics own a 54-24 record and rank second in the Eastern Conference - with a three-game lead over the Sixers.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet this regular season for the fourth and final time. Hosted at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Sixers will have a home-court advantage this time. The last time these two teams met, the Celtics defeated the Sixers 107-110.

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Celtics vs 76ers Predictions

Head-to-Head: Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers

Boston Celtics
Head-to-HeadPhiladelphia 76ers
Joe MazzullaHead CoachDoc Rivers
54-24 (2nd in West)Standing51-27 (3rd in East)
118.1 (2nd of 30)Off Rtg117.8 (4th of 30)
111.6 (4th of 30)Def Rtg113.3 (8th of 30)
98.7 (17th of 30)Pace96.7 (27th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Tatum (30.3)PPGJ. Embiid (33.0)
J. Tatum (8.9)RPGJ. Embiid (10.2)
M. Smart (6.3)APGJ. Harden (10.8)
M. Smart (1.5)SPGD. Melton (1.7)
R. Williams (1.3)BPGJ. Embiid (1.7)
R. Williams (.745)/J. Brown (10.1)FG%/FGMP. Reed (.598)/J. Embiid (10.9)
A. Horford (.451)/J. Tatum (3.3)3P%/3PMT. Maxey (.436)/J. Harden (2.8)

Injury Report

Danilo GallinariBoston Celtics17 Feb 2023Out (Knee)Gallinari aims to return before the end of the season.
Al HorfordBoston Celtics 01 Apr 2023Day to Day (Back)Horford was OUT for Boston's Friday (Mar 31) game.
Robert WilliamsBoston Celtics 01 Apr 2023 Day to Day (Knee)Williams was OUT for Boston's Friday (Mar 31) game.
Tobias HarrisPhiladelphia 76ers31 Mar 2023Day to Day (Illness)Harris was OUT for Philadelphia's Friday (Mar 31) game.

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics will polish off their regular season series when they face off on Tuesday night. The Philadelphia 76ers are third in the East with a 51-27 overall record and a 28-11 home record. Second, in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics own a 54-24 overall record and a 25-15 road record.

The Boston Celtics' offense remains the most threatening aspect of their game, averaging 118.4 points per game (2nd in the NBA) by hitting 16.0 threes per game (2nd in the NBA) on 37.7% efficiency from deep (6th in the NBA). They'll look to maintain their offensive form through their three wins against the Sixers, averaging 114.0 points per game on 52.9% from the field and 44.3% from the three-point range.

The Philadelphia 76ers take pride in their defense, where they allow just 110.6 points per game (3rd in the NBA) while limiting teams to just 85.3 field goal attempts per game (4th in the NBA) and just 11.5 threes (5th in the NBA) on 34.7% from three (4th in the NBA). The Sixers have yet to play well against the Celtics this season, losing the rebounding battle by 4.6 and allowing 15.7 threes through three games.

Expect Boston to earn another statement victory over an Eastern Conference rival! Al Horford and Robert Williams should return after some extra rest days, and the Sixers are yet to provide an answer for Boston's high-powered offense. After defeating two solid teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz, in back-to-back games, we're taking the Celtics to cover the spread.

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Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers is the man to watch on Tuesday night, as he averages 33.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists on 54.2% shooting from the field and 33.0% from three. He's recently performed below his regular season averages, posting 26.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 47.3% from the field and 16.7% from three. Aiming to steal at least one win from the Celtics this season and confirm his place as the NBA's scoring leader, expect Embiid to produce against a Boston team with a weakened frontcourt.

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has been one of the league's premier scorers this year, averaging 30.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on 46.7% from the field and 35.4% from three-point range. However, Tatum's production against the Sixers has been modest compared to his season averages, posting 21.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists on 48.1% from the field and 30.0% from three.

How to Watch Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers

  • Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • When: 8:00 PM EST, Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  • How to Watch: TNT
  • Streaming: NBA League Pass
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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