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Philadelphia at Boston
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 18, 2018
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to stay hot against the only team they have lost to over the last three weeks when they visit the Boston Celtics on Thursday. The rivals met in London a week ago and the Celtics rallied for a 114-103 win, but both teams returned home and had very different results once they resumed action.

The Sixers won for the fifth time in six games with an intense 117-111 victory over Toronto on Monday while the Celtics' first action since London resulted in an overtime loss to New Orleans at home Tuesday night, snapping a seven-game winning streak. "For some reason tonight, the whole game we were a little careless. It just carried over there at the end," Boston forward Al Horford told reporters. "We thought we had it. It just got away from us." Joel Embiid was held to 15 points in the loss to the Celtics before recording 34 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Raptors, which saw Philadelphia lose most of a big lead before hanging on in an emotional affair. "We've been in this type of position a lot this year," Embiid told reporters, "so we just had to stay calm and execute."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Boston

ABOUT THE 76ERS (20-20): JJ Redick has been a big part of Philadelphia's surge with five 20-point games since Christmas, but the sharpshooter is expected to miss two weeks or more with a leg injury. Veteran Jerryd Bayless picked up a pair of starts in Redick's place when the latter was hurt last month and second-year pro Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot - who had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the last visit to Boston - could see an increase in playing time. Point guard T.J. McConnell is averaging 15 points on 58.3 percent from the field and 6.5 assists over the last two games.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (34-11): Boston has made a living on late rallies this season after many slow starts, but it couldn't pull off the trick after another double-digit deficit Tuesday. "We can't come back every game," guard Kyrie Irving told reporters after shooting 8-for-24 and missing on some opportunities late in regulation and in OT. "It's as simple as that." The Celtics attempted a season-high 50 3-pointers, with Irving's 12 attempts leading the way and Horford's 4-for-5 effort the best of the bunch.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Embiid is averaging 13 points on 30.3 percent shooting in two meetings with the Celtics.

2. After seven consecutive games with at least 13 points, Celtics G Terry Rozier has a total of 17 over his last three contests while shooting 7-for-25.

3. Boston has won seven straight over Philadelphia at home.

PREDICTION: Celtics 108, 76ers 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 20-20 W1 10-10 10-10 2-2 18-18 2-6 9-10
Boston 34-11 L1 18-6 15-5 4-1 30-10 8-1 22-8
Last Meeting
Philadelphia Boston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/11/18 BOS 114 PHI 103 103 37 46.3 114 46 48.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Redick 22 58.3 3
Boston J. Brown 21 53.3 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia J. Embiid 10 0 10
Boston A. Horford 8 0 8
Assists Player  
Philadelphia J. Embiid 5
Boston A. Horford 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Embiid 738 48.6 202
Boston K. Irving 1066 47.2 170
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia B. Simmons 344 70 274
Boston A. Horford 346 67 279
Assists Player  
Philadelphia B. Simmons 310
Boston A. Horford 229
Quickchart Matchup
Philadelphia Philadelphia Off vs  Boston Boston Defense
Philadelphia Off vs Boston - Points For 108.6 Points For
Philadelphia Off vs Boston - Points Against 98.1 Points Against
Philadelphia - FG% 46.2 FG%
Boston - FG% 43.1 FG%
Philadelphia - Reb 47.6 Reb
Boston - Reb 44.1 Reb
Boston Boston Off vs  Philadelphia Philadelphia Defense
Boston Off vs Philadelphia - Points For 103.2 Points For
Boston Off vs Philadelphia - Points Against 108.2 Points Against
Boston - FG% 44.9 FG%
Philadelphia - FG% 43.9 FG%
Boston - Reb 44.7 Reb
Philadelphia - Reb 42.9 Reb