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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics: The Sixers Come Into This Game off the Back of a Loss

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated February 8, 2023
12 min read
  • The Sixers come into this game off the back of a loss.
  • The Celtics look to make it two in a row when they take on the Sixers.
  • The Celtics won their first meeting with the Sixers this season, 116-126.

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers face off in hopes of defining who is the top power in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics currently sit first in the East with a 38-16 overall record and a 20-7 home record. The Philadelphia 76ers are not far behind them at third in the East, owning a 34-18 overall record and a 14-10 road record.

This will be the second time that the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers meet this season, and they will meet two more times after this. The Celtics won their last meeting against the Sixers, 116-126. Homecourt advantage will go to the Celtics in this game.

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Sixers vs Celtics Predictions

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

Philadelphia 76ers
Head-to-HeadBoston Celtics
Doc RiversHead CoachJoe Mazzulla
34-18 (3rd in East)Standing38-16 (1st in East)
L-W-W-LFormW-L-W-W
116.0 (8th of 30)Off Rtg117.6 (3rd of 30)
112.4 (6th of 30)Def Rtg111.6 (5th of 30)
97.8 (23rd of 30)Pace98.7 (19th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Embiid (33.4)PPGJ. Tatum (30.9)
J. Embiid (10.2)RPGJ. Tatum (8.7)
J. Harden (10.9)APGM. Smart (7.2)
D. Melton (1.8)SPGM. Smart (1.3)
J. Embiid (1.6)BPGR. Williams (1.3)
M. Harrell (.602)/J. Embiid (11.1)FG%/FGMR. Williams (.772)/J. Brown, J. Tatum (10.0)
G. Niang (.415)/J. Harden (2.8)3P%/3PMM. Brogdon (.450)/J. Tatum (3.3)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Danilo GallinariBoston Celtics02 Sep 2022Out (Knee)Gallinari suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2022-23 NBA season.
Marcus SmartBoston Celtics24 Jan 2023Out (Ankle)Smart hopes to return in a week or two, but there is no timetable for his return.
Jaylen BrownBoston Celtics 06 Feb 2023Day to Day (Illness)Brown was OUT for Boston's Monday (Feb. 6) game.
Luke KornetBoston Celtics 06 Feb 2023 Day to Day (Ankle)Kornet was OUT for Boston's Monday (Feb. 6) game.

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The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers continue their Eastern Conference rivalry as both sides compete for the top seed in the standings. The Celtics enter this game off the back of a win while going 6-4 over their last 10 games. The Sixers lost their last game, but have gone 8-2 overall through their last 10 matches.

The Philadelphia 76ers are a dominant three-and-d team in the NBA, allowing just 110.9 points per game (4th in the NBA) on 47.2% from the field (14th in the NBA) and 34.2% from three (1st in the NBA), while also hitting 12.8 threes per game (9th in the NBA) on 38.5% efficiency (4th in the NBA) themselves. Unfortunately, the Sixers' offence struggled in their last game, scoring just 97 points on 40.5% from the field and 28.0% from three-point range. The Celtics will challenge them with their rapid offence, scoring 117.6 points per game (3rd in the NBA) on 47.3% from the field (15th in the NBA) and 37.1% from deep (8th in the NBA). The Celtics are coming off of a win where they held their opponents to 99 points on 42.5% from the field and 27.3% from deep.

We're taking the Celtics in this matchup. Not only were they able to hold off the Sixers in their last matchup, but Philadelphia's recent form has seen them go 2-2 over their last four. Their offence hasn't been clicking, and the Celtics are the team to take advantage.

How to Watch Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics

  • Who: Philadelphia 76ers & Boston Celtics
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • When: 7:30 PM EST, Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
  • How to Watch: ESPN, NBA League Pass (Stream)
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