PHI vs BOS Dream11: Since the start of the season, the Boston Celtics have been playing much better Basketball than what may have been expected from them, as they racked up signature wins and continue to do so, making their own ceiling higher with each passing week. But the last two games gaped open the holes in Brad Steven's team, on both ends of the court, with the defeats once again highlighting Celtics' height disadvantage.
Washington Wizards stifled the Cs' offence, highlighting their dependence on Kemba Walker, while the San Antonio Spurs bombarded the defence with a fine execution of Gregg Popovich's tactics inside the paint. Not many teams had a go at the Greens at TD Garden this season, but the Spurs did and caught the Celtics off guard. You would argue that the Spurs got everything clicked on the day, but it was the intensity that flummoxed Steven's men more than anything else.
The Celtics are on a two-game losing skid now and will have to contend with another high profile opponent in the next game as the Greens hit the road for a regular-season matchup against Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, on Friday morning.
The Sixers have had their own fair share of slip-ups this season, and the injuries can be blamed to some extent for the inconsistency. Still, considering the depth in the squad, the Sixers could have been a better value than the 24-14 return they show on the Eastern Conference table.
Fantasy Basketball – Head-to-head:
Since both the Sixers and the Celtics ply their trade in the Eastern Conference, there is a semblance of overfamiliarity between these two who have fought a mammoth 450 times before their next encounter.
Total Games: 450
Philadelphia 76ers: 189
Boston Celtics: 261
Philadelphia 76ers will play host to Boston Celtics at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia in the NBA. The match will start at 05:30 AM (IST), January 10, Friday morning.
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Philadelphia 76ersTeam news:
Status out: Sixers are without Joel Embiid for this game. The Cameroonian superstar is battling a finger injury and won't play against the Celtics.
Status Questionable: Matisse Thybulle (knee injury) is a game-time decision and will be evaluated before the game.
Expected Philadelphia 76ers squad to face Celtics: Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, Trey Burke, Zhaire Smith, Raul Neto, Matisse Thybulle, Mike Scott, James Ennis, Furkan Korkmaz, Jonah Bolden
Boston Celtics Team news:
Status out: The injuries are not easing up on the Celtics, with three players set to miss the game, while two more could miss if fails to pass the late fitness test. Vincent Poirier (finger), Romeo Langford (illness) and Robert Williams (hip injury) will be cheering the team on from the touchline.
Status Questionable: But the pressing concern for the hosts is the leading scorer Kemba Walker's situation, who is under minute restrictions due to an illness. The former Charlotte Hornets superstar will be evaluated before the game. Daniel Theis (neck injury) is also a game-time call.
Boston Celtics' expected squad to face the 76ers: Kemba Walker (Questionable), Gordon Haywards, Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Javonte Green, Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye, Brad Wanamaker
PF: Al Horford
SF: Tobias Harris
C: Joel Embiid
PG: Ben Simmons
SG: Josh Richardson
PF: Jayson Tatum
SF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis
PG: Jaylen Brown
SG: Kemba Walker / Marcus Smart
Philadelphia 76ers: James Ennis III, Mike Scott, Furka Korkmazz, Trey Burke
Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, Brad Wanamaker, Grant Williams, Enes Kanter, Tacko Fall, Javonte Green, Carsen Edwards, Semi Ojeleye
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