Boston takes on Philadelphia after Walker’s 44-point outing
Boston; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Boston faces the Philadelphia 76ers after Kemba Walker scored 44 points in the Celtics’ 122-117 loss to the Pacers.
The Celtics have gone 11-3 against Eastern Conference teams. Boston has a 16-3 record when scoring more than 100 points.
The 76ers are 4-1 against opponents in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia has a 10-4 record against teams above .500.
The two teams play for the second time this season. The 76ers defeated the Celtics 107-93 in their last meeting on Oct. 23. Ben Simmons led Philadelphia with 24 points, and Gordon Hayward paced Boston scoring 25 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Walker leads the Celtics averaging 3.7 made 3-pointers and scoring 22.8 points per game while shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc. Jayson Tatum has averaged 3.4 assists and 21.8 points over the last 10 games for Boston.
Simmons leads the 76ers averaging 8.4 assists while scoring 14 points per game. Matisse Thybulle has averaged 1.7 made 3-pointers and scored 7.3 points over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 8-2, averaging 109 points, 45.4 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 9.1 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 99.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting.
Celtics: 6-4, averaging 108.7 points, 44.3 rebounds, 22 assists, 8.7 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting.
76ers: Zhaire Smith: day to day (leg).