After two games, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers are knotted in the series with one victory apiece. The match between the two is shaping up to be an exciting one as the semi-finals progress. In the regular season, both teams shown why they could be considered title contenders. Only one of them, though, can advance to the conference finals. As we prepare for Game 3 in Philadelphia, the series is going to be fascinating.
After beating out Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic, two previous MVPs, Joel Embiid has been named this season’s MVP. The Sixers are having trouble with their newly proclaimed MVP despite winning the award.Embiid’s injury may very well endanger the Sixers’ chances of winning the NBA championship this year. But first, let’s look at tonight’s game predictions and injury concerns for both teams.
Joel Embiid is questionable for the Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics game tonight
In addition to leading the NBA in statistics this year, Joel Embiid has been the Sixers’ top scorer. The MVP title would eventually go to Embiid, it was just a matter of time. Despite Joel’s well-deserved honor, his goals will not be satisfied while the Sixers attempt to win the title. He has been listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Celtics due to injury concerns.
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There is absolutely no problem with the Boston Celtics’ starting lineup. They have a healthy squad ahead of the Sixers, and the only serious ailments they’ve experienced this season are behind them. Let’s now look at the full injury report and projected rosters for both clubs.
Philadelphia 76ers injury report
- Joel Embiid (Questionable)
Philadelphia 76ers expected roster
- Tobias Harris
- P.J. Tucker
- James Harden
- Tyrese Maxey
- Joel Embiid (Questionable)
Boston Celtics injury report
- Danilo Gallinari (Out)
Boston Celtics expected roster
- Jaylen Brown
- Jayson Tatum
- Al Horford
- Marcus Smart
- Derrick White
The Boston Celtics will be favored to carry the momentum against the Philadelphia 76ers
Although Embiid may be this season’s MVP, Harden and Maxey are performing better in the postseason. James Harden stepped up in Game 1 as a result of Embiid’s absence. They will be on the attack since Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown both score 26 points per game. In the previous game, the Celtics came close to annihilating the Sixers. In other words, the Celtics played significantly better as a team to win 121-87.
The Sixers have an unfavorable record against the Celtics, who won 3 games in the regular season. With the Sixers winning just a single game at home against the Celtics. Nonetheless, it is the playoffs, and the Sixers cannot be ruled out. After winning the MVP, Embiid will have all the more reasons to play at home and take the lead in the series against a strong Celtics team.