Tip: 7PM Court: Wells Fargo Center Watch it: TNT Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Matt Boland and John Goble
Spread: BOS -3.0
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.
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.