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Game Preview: Celtics-76ers (10/20)

Game Time: Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on Comcast Sports Net

The Celtics will look to move to a perfect 5-0 in preseason play when they square off against division rival Philadelphia 76ers Saturday Night in Connecticut. The C’s should be well-rested considering they played a game Friday. They won 36-33 in a game that was called at the half due to dangerous court conditions.

This will be one of five meetings between the two teams this season. The game tonight will be in Uncansville, CT at the Mohegan Sun Arena (Celtics will be the home team). The remaining four games during the regular season will be split between the two cities. The first regular season matchup between the teams is Wednesday, 12/5.

What They Said
The Boston Globe’s Mark Murphy(he talked to Doc Rivers):

Rivers said the trio of Garnett, Pierce, and Ray Allen will play in about eight quarters of the four games on this road trip. While all three are expected to play tonight against the 76ers at Mohegan Sun, Rivers said they all will sit out either at New York Monday or New Jersey Tuesday.

Key Matchup
Paul Pierce vs. Andre Iguodala

  • This 76ers squad is very different without Allen Iverson. Iverson gave them a dynamic scoring point guard that could do a lot with the ball. Now they have a few players who can play (albeit not at Iverson’s level). Andre Iguodala is quickly becoming the team’s star and goto guy. His match against Pierce will match the team’s best players and that position. Both like to play around the rim after driving through the lane, so they have quite similar styles.

Important Injuries
Boston: Tony Allen (scratched eye, knee) will probably be out again. Scot Pollard (ankle) is close to returning, and according to Ainge the team is taking precautionary steps because it is not a regular season game. If it were, he would be ready.

Philadelphia: Sam Dalembert (left foot strain) could play, but there’s no guarantee. He missed the last game against the Jazz with the injury.

Prediction
This game shouldn’t be close, as the C’s have three players who are better than anyone on the 76ers. If the starters play at least 25 minutes, the Celtics should win this game easily. Andre Iguodala and Dalembert are good players, but Dalembert may not even play so that also limits the team’s effectiveness defensively. Iguodala can’t do everything himself.

Final Prediction: Celtics by 10.

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