The Sixers have dropped back-to-back games heading into tonight. It is the fourth time that they have lost back-to-back games this year. The last three times they lost-back-to-back games, they would roll off three consecutive wins. This is the first game of a home-and-home with the Celtics which proves pivotal for the Sixers as they are just 2-3 in the second game of back-to-back games. The Sixers are 5-1 when scoring 100+ points and they were able to get their first 100+ point effort against Boston on November 9th. In order to top the 100+ point plateau, they will have to improve their 3-point shooting. Over the past two games they are 8-for-32 (25%) from beyond the arc, including a 5-for-20 (25%) effort on Tuesday against Minnesota.
Who to Watch: Dorell Wright. With sixth man Nick Young hampered by a left big toe hyperextension, Wright will likely get the first call off the bench. He has not scored in double figures since November 12th against the Milwaukee Bucks after averaging nearly 13 points (12.9) per game over the first seven games of the season. Recently he has begun to heat up from beyond the arc going 8-for-16 from 3-point range in the last six games.
The Celtics are coming off of a 104-94 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. They enter tonight’s game having lost their last three games at the Wells Fargo Center. Despite the three straight losses in Philadelphia, the Celtics are 14-6 against the Sixers since acquiring Kevin Garnett in the summer of 2007. Prior to the win over Minnesota, the Celtics lost 91-88 to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics looked like they were going to run away with the game after beginning the game with a 17-0 run. Paul Pierce enters the night trailing Reggie Miller by just 39 made free throws for 12th all-time.
Who to Watch: Jason Terry. The longtime Mavericks sniper off the bench signed with Boston in the offseason. Terry has found a spot in the Celtics starting five. He is averaging 12 points per game while shooting nearly 40% from 3-point range and 49.7% from the field. The Celtics are 8-4 with Terry in the starting lineup.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are still available. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and ESPN and heard on the 97.5 The Fanatic.
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