The Boston Celtics could very be facing the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2010-11 NBA playoffs. That’s why they wanted to send a clear message to them when the two teams squared off on Tuesday night in Boston.
The Celtics gave the Sixers quite the licking, winning 99-82 and it didn’t really help the Sixers cause. Experts making NBA predictions found at BetUs know that the 76ers had a very small shot to begin with and Tuesday’s result is just another piece of evidence as to why that is the case.
Sixers head coach Doug Collins was skeptical about the fact that the Celtics are struggling these days since the trade of Kendrick Perkins and the latest injury to Shaquille O’Neal. It’s true: their frontcourt is short on bodies right now but Collins – and pretty much everyone else – knows that the Celtics have some excellent weapons all around to make up for it.
Boston is the No. 2 seed right now but could easily drop to third while the Sixers are currently seventh, but are only a half-game out of sixth.
Truth be told, nobody is really buying the fact that the Sixers could potentially win a seven-game series versus Boston. Yes, the Celtics have some issues but they have far more experience than the Sixers and they’ll have home court advantage. Philadelphia is cute; Boston has done it before.
That extra home game could be key as the Sixers are just 15-26 on the road this year whereas the Celtics are 31-8 at home. The Celtics took three of the four meetings between the teams this season with their only loss being a three-point shortcoming in Philadelphia on March 11.
The Celtics have plenty of questions to answer regarding their lineup and whether they can repeat as East champs, but the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are more likely to test them out than the Sixers.
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