The Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics are tied in the series with 1 win each after 2 games. As we move ahead with the semi-finals, it is turning out to be an eye-catching contest between the two. Both the teams in the regular season have showcased why they deserve to be title contenders. However, only one of them can move forward to the conference finals. It is going to be an exciting series as we gear up for Game 3 in Philadelphia.
Joel Embiid has won this season’s MVP after shrugging off former MVPs, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Despite winning the MVP, the Sixers are dealing with an issue with their newly crowned MVP. Embiid is suffering from an injury that could very well derail the hopes of the Sixers winning the NBA title this season. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at the injury concerns and predictions of both teams for tonight.
Joel Embiid is questionable for the Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics game tonight
Joel Embiid has been the leading scorer this season for the Sixers as well as leading the stats in the league. It was only a matter of time before Embiid would be declared the winner of the MVP award. Although it is a much-deserved award for Joel, his ambitions will not be over, as the Sixers try to secure the championship. He is battling with injury concerns and has been listed as questionable ahead of tonight’s game against the Celtics.
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The Boston Celtics are not facing any issue whatsoever with their starting line-up. The only significant injuries they’ve had all season are behind them, as they carry a healthy roster ahead of the Sixers. With that said let’s take a look at the complete injury report and expected roster of both teams.
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
Embiid might be this season’s MVP, however, it is Harden and Maxey who are putting up better performances in the playoffs. Embiid missed out on Game 1, which saw James Harden rise to the occasion. With Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown averaging 26 points per game, they will be on the kill. The Celtics almost obliterated the Sixers in the previous game. Simply put, the Celtics put up a much better team performance 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.