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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs 76ers

Chuck - Red's Army March 5, 2013 Gametime, Previews 1 Comment

Tip: 7PM   Court: Wells Fargo Center   Watch it: TNT   Hear it: WEEI

Referees:  Derrick Stafford, Matt Boland and John Goble

Spread: BOS  -3.0

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The Matchup

Record: 31-27 Record: 23-35
On road: 10-18 At home: 17-15
Streak: Won 2 Streak: Lost 1

Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.6 ppg) Buckets: Jrue Holiday (19.1 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.8 rpg) Boards: Thaddeus Young (7.7 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.5 apg) Dimes: Holiday (8.5 apg)

For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 102.4 (25th NBA) Offensive Rating: 100.8 (28th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 102.2 (6th NBA) Defensive Rating: 104.9 (11th NBA)
Pace: 91.4 (19th NBA) Pace: 90.7 (22nd NBA)

Last time

The Celtics are 1-2 vs Philadelphia this season.  KG and JG led the way in the 92-79 cakewalk at the Garden on Dec. 8. Evan Turner and a Rajon Rondo slip doomed the C’s on Dec. 7. Rondo’s 20 assists were not enough in the 106-100 loss on Nov. 9. The Celtics haven’t won in Philly since the 2010-11 season.

This time

Get it to:  Kevin Garnett

KG is averaging 18.3 ppg on 68% shooting vs Philadelphia this season. He’s doing most of his damage in the mid-range area. Makes sense to find Garnett on the pick-and-pop and make Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen chase him around the perimeter.

Gotta stop:  Evan Turner

Evan Turner saves his best for the Celtics (21.3 ppg, 8 rpg vs BOS). On the bright side, he shot an abysmal 36% in February. He’s a big wing who loves to bully his way into the paint. Paul Pierce needs to stay out of foul trouble.

The Wild Card:  Capitalizing on Philly’s lack of depth

Philadelphia is 25th in bench scoring (27.4 ppg, 42% FG) and they’ll be without shooting guard Nick Young (ankle sprain). Jeff Green, Jason Terry and co. should haev a decided advantage over their counterparts. One guy to watch out for – long-range threat Dorell Wright has generated 3 double-digit scoring games in the past week.

How we see it goin’ down

How bad is it in Philly? The 76ers have lost 8 of 9. Their coach is exasperated and on the verge of quitting. Andrew Bynum is mulling season ending surgery and may never play a game for the Sixers. Philly bloggers have shifted their focus to tanking for the lottery.

The Celtics have enjoyed  3 days of rest since Friday night’s win over Golden State.

I like the Celtics tonight, but in the usual, nothing is ever easy fashion.

Celtics 96

76ers 91

 

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  • Noori

    I’m expecting Evan Turner to go off for a million as he always does against us only