Philadelphia at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
Boston: 98.2 points/100 possessions (26th)
Philadelphia: 97.5 points/100 possessions (29th)
Boston: 103.6 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)
Philadelphia: 106.1 points allowed/100 possessions (26th)
Probable 76ers Starters:
Michael Carter-Williams (PG), James Anderson (SG), Evan Turner (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF) & Spencer Hawes (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Hoop76
Thumbnail: During this past offseason, which feels like a distance memory after Sunday’s game at the Garden, the Celtics and Brett Brown were rumored to be a match. However, Danny Ainge went off the board and brought Brad Stevens aboard. After interviewing Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga among others, the 76ers hired Brown to be their head coach.
The Celtics and 76ers have more in common their just their most recent coaching searches. In the Celtics’ three-team trade with the Warriors and Heat, Miami sent Joel Anthony to Boston as well as an interesting future draft pick from the 76ers. If Philadelphia makes the playoffs in either 2014 or 2015, the Celtics will get the 76ers’ first-round pick in the year that they make the postseason. However, if they do not, it becomes two second rounders, one in 2016 and another in 2017.
Unfortunately, for those who think the Celtics will end up getting a first-round pick from the trade, the similarities do not stop there: both teams have lost their last three games and share the Eastern Conference’s longest current losing streak with the Bucks. The Celtics and 76ers are also each 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they are both nine and a half games out of first place in the Atlantic Division. The 76ers must be happy that this game is in Boston because they are the only team that has a longer current home losing streak than the Celtics.
Prediction: I just cannot get a read on these Celtics, and we are not sure if Rajon Rondo plays [UPDATE: Rondo is out]. Either way, let’s just go with a win here.
Celtics 99, 76ers 95