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    Aug 17, 2020
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    PHILADELPHIA 76ers (43-30, sixth in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Boston Celtics (48-24, third in the Eastern Conference during the regular season).

    LINE: Celtics -5.5; over/under is 219

    EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Boston and Philadelphia meet to begin series on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

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    The Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers to start the Eastern Conference first round. Philadelphia went 3-1 against Boston during the regular season.

    The Celtics are 9-6 against opponents in the Atlantic Division. Boston averages 46.1 rebounds per game and is 33-10 when winning the rebound battle.

    The 76ers are 11-5 in division matchups. Philadelphia averages 14.2 turnovers per game and is 25-9 when turning the ball over less than opponents.

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    TOP PERFORMERS

    Kemba Walker leads the Celtics with 3.2 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 20.4 points while shooting 38.1% from beyond the arc. Jayson Tatum is averaging 20.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals over the last 10 games for Boston.

    Furkan Korkmaz leads the 76ers averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers, while scoring 9.8 points per game and shooting 40.2% from beyond the arc. Tobias Harris is averaging 19.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.

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    LAST 10 GAMES

    Celtics: 6-4, averaging 116.9 points, 46.7 rebounds, 23.7 assists, 8.4 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.8 points on 44.3% shooting.

    76ers: 5-5, averaging 119.9 points, 45.3 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.5 points on 47.6% shooting.

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    INJURIES

    Celtics: Vincent Poirier: day to day (left groin), Romeo Langford: day to day (wrist).

    76ers: Glenn Robinson III: out (oblique), Ben Simmons: out for season (knee).

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