After seven games that included stops in exotic locales (such as Istanbul, Turkey and Milan, Italy), new NBA territories (the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, for instance) and familiar arenas against divisional foes, the C’s are finally set to end their exhibition schedule.
Philly still has a contest against the New York Knicks on the Syracuse Orange campus following this matchup, but it too is almost ready for the 2012-13 season to begin.
However, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at the impending game between these two clubs, including where to watch it, who to keep an eye on, a prediction on the final score and more.
When: Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Watch: CSNE, DTV 630
Listen: WEEI 93.7, 950 AM ESPN Radio
Betting Line: Celtics -3.5, Over/Under 192.5 (point spread and total via ScoresandOdds.com)
76ers Player to Watch: Nick Young
The mercurial shooting guard has bounced around the league, but may have found a home in the City of Brotherly Love.
When the C’s and Sixers last matched up back on October 15, Young took over. He lit up Boston for 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He was cautious with his three-point attempts, hitting the only one he took.
Young was also willing to pass it, as evidenced by his two assists. He continued his overall solid effort with three rebounds, one steal and one block.
Celtics Player to Watch: Jeff Green
After missing the entire 2011-12 campaign with a heart problem, Green is back with a vengeance.
In Boston’s most recent preseason game against the Knicks, the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward totaled up 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting. He also pulled down six boards, swatted two shots, dished a dime and had one steal.
He figures to be a big part of the rotation this season, as the C’s will need his size and unique skills to back up both forward positions.
Prediction: Celtics 100 – 76ers 92
Boston gets the edge here, as it gets one last final look at its lineup in a game scenario before the season. That means the regular rotation should see an increase in minutes from coach Doc Rivers.
Philadelphia will put up a fight, but it won’t risk injury to any key players and should use this as an opportunity to evaluate some fringe players as the final cut draws nearer.
The Celtics will win this one with a solid fourth-quarter performance that pushes them over the edge.