If the Celtics pull this one off, they'll have salvaged one win in their season series with a key East rival and have perhaps their gutsiest victory of the season.
They'll take on the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night at home in a nationally-televised (ABC) contest without their All-Star point guard who's also they're leading scorer (22.0 ppg). They'll be without their big man with the most experience taking on Sixers center Joel Embiid.
Kemba Walker's knee soreness has flared up and he'll miss the next two games. Center Enes Kanter, who had 20 points the last time he matched up with Embiiid, continues to be out with a hip injury.
Marcus Smart will likely move into the starting lineup with Walker out and Daniel Theis will have to shoulder much of the load of defending Embiid, though we could see a Tacko Fall appearance after the 7-foot-5 center was recalled from the Maine Red Claws of the G League.
Philly, sitting in the sixth spot at 31-18, trails No. 3 Boston (32-15) by two games in the East as the rivals meet for the final time in the regular season in what could likely be a playoff preview.
Here's how to watch the Celtics vs. Sixers, including NBC Sports Boston's pregame coverage, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ABC; Watch game online via ESPN3 [click here]
Watch NBC Sports Boston's Celtics Pregame Live on desktop/laptop: NBCSportsBoston.com [click here]
Watch NBC Sports Boston's Celtics Pregame Live on mobile/tablet: MyTeams App by NBC Sports [download]
ANALYSIS AND REACTION
BEFORE THE GAME: At 7:30 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Tommy Heinsohn, Brian Scalabrine, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Abby Chin. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
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