Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers again will aim to solve their road woes as they travel to face the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. A 127-117 loss at Atlanta on Thursday left the 76ers at 9-16 away from Wells Fargo Center this season.
Ben Simmons will look to stay hot as the calendar flips to February. He averaged 22.2 points per game while shooting 62.6 percent from the floor in January, becoming the first 76ers player to average at least 20 points with a shooting percentage of .600 or better in a calendar month since Charles Barkley in November 1991. Philadelphia, which has a 6-2 mark over the past eight games, will attempt to complete a four-game season sweep of Boston.
Boston Celtics Preview
The Boston Celtics enter their Saturday home game against the Philadelphia 76ers with five victories in their past six contests and a boost of confidence from the recent return of star forward Jayson Tatum. Playing for first time after missing three games due to a right groin strain, Tatum scored 20 points in 24 minutes Thursday to help the Celtics beat the visiting Golden State Warriors 119-104.
Tatum has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games and has finished in double figures in 34 straight, both career bests. Kemba Walker (sore left knee) is questionable for Saturday, as is Enes Kanter, who has missed the past four games because of a right hip contusion.