NSS NBA Daily!! Celtics play on back-to-back nights against Embiid-less 76ers!!
Celtics (25-10) @ 76ers (24-14)
The Celtics have the better record and are 2.5 games ahead of the 76ers in the East but the 76ers lead the season series. This is the 3rd game of the 4 game series and the 76ers have beaten the Celtics away and at home. Celtics come in to the game on a 2 game losing streak and playing on back to back nights. 76ers will benefit from being at home (17-2) for the 2nd game of a home stand before heading back out on the road.
It is always fun when the Celtics and 76ers play each other is kind of rivalry but most importantly a potential intense playoff series. Both of this teams have expectations to go far in the playoffs this year and both are going through some struggles. 76ers are 4-6 in their last 10 and the Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10, both need to get going. A possible factor could be the approach of the trade deadline and with all the rumors going on sometimes is just hard to stay focus.
The crazy things is that teams know each other so well and always bring their A games. Joel Embiid will miss the game, but if the 76ers can pull of a win it would definitely put some confident into the team. 76ers are 3-4 when missing Embiid.
Celtics coming off in loss in which Kemba Walker only scored 6 points before getting tossed for the 1st time in his career. The Tacko Fall hype is real and the big men got his 1st minutes of the year. Fall played 10 minutes scored 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. The Celtics project of the year is Fall and he comes as a low cost, high reward player.
Kemba Walker will bounce back this game and take advantage of the Embiid not being there for the 76ers.