The Philadelphia 76ers are sitting at 10 and 8 heading into a big home and home series with their rival, the Boston Celtics. It may be early in the season but these two games will be very important come the end of the 82 game season. These two games could be a factor on where each team will be seeded come playoff time and who may end up on top of the Atlantic Division. The first game of the home and home series will be played here in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center. The second leg of the home and home will be in bean town, at the TD Garden.
Both of these teams have met already once this season on November 9th at Boston. The Sixers pulled out the win 106-100, which was a big win. Evan Turner came up huge in Boston scoring 25 points. Jrue Holiday also scored 21 points on that night along with 14 assists. The Sixers really slowed down Paul Pierce (24 points) and Rajon Rondo (14 points) which led them to a victory.
Since that early November game the Sixers have been mediocre. Their worst loss so far this season came against the winless Detroit Pistons by 18 points. Scoring only 83 points at Cleveland against a two win Cavaliers team wasn’t their best game either. Though the Sixers did just have a three game winning streak scoring over 100 points in each of those wins against the Suns, Mavericks, and Bobcats. However, in the last two games the offense has once again hit a slump. The Sixers scored only 88 points in both losses at Chicago and home against Minnesota. It seems as if the offense is having a good night the defense slumps and vice versa.
The Boston Celtics have been up and down themselves. Like the Sixers, they also lost against the Pistons by 20 points at Detroit. The Celtics did have the edge over the Thunder where the Sixers lost to Oklahoma City in overtime. Just like the 76ers the Celtics offense has been up and down. The Celtics won scoring 116 points against the Orlando Magic and then six nights later they only scored 88 points in a loss at the Milwaukee Bucks. Unlike the Sixers, the Celtics were able to beat the Timberwolves by ten.
Game one of the home and home is Friday night at 7pm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Game two is in Boston at the TD Garden on Saturday night at 7:30pm. We will find out how the Andrew Bynumless Sixers will fare against Kevin Garnett and the Celtics. I believe these teams will split the series. With these two teams mirror like images, I can’t see either team winning both games.
This home and home series between the Sixers and Celtics may be early in the season but if either team wins both games it can put them on top of the Atlantic Division come the end of the season. It should be an interesting weekend of rival basketball in Philadelphia and Boston on the hardwood.