Sixers-Celtics: 5 things you need to know

Sixers-Celtics: 5 things you need to know
April 14, 2014, 12:00 pm
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The Sixers (17-63) will hit their home floor for the final time this season when they host the Boston Celtics (25-55) on Monday.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CSN) at the Wells Fargo Center.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Once more with feeling
The Sixers haven’t had that much success at home this season -- or on the road for that matter.

However, they’ll get a legitimate chance to finish the home portion of their regular-season schedule with a win when they face the banged-up Celtics on Monday night.

The Sixers beat the Celtics on April 4 before losing four straight. That was their second victory over the C’s this season to make them the only club the Sixers have multiple wins against in 2013-14.

Still, that doesn’t mean the Celtics are coming in to lay down. Despite having several players sidelined with injuries, Boston was able to win its last two matchups to snap a nine-game losing skid.

2. Another coat of paint
One reason the Sixers have had success against the Celtics this season is their ability to attack the rim.

The Sixers are already among the league’s best at scoring in the paint. They rank third in the entire NBA in points in the paint with 49.3 per game.

That number has spiked against Boston’s thin frontline. The Sixers have managed at least 54 points in the paint in each of their three games against the Celtics this season.

Without consistent enough outside shooting, look for the Sixers to live in lane once again when they face their Atlantic Division rival.

3. Growing up fast
Michael Carter-Williams is in finals week of his rookie season.

Carter-Williams has enjoyed plenty of success despite the team’s struggles this season. His averages of 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists make the point guard a top contender for Rookie of the Year.

MCW’s numbers weren’t up to the same standard against the Celtics this season until the teams’ last meeting. He scored 24 points on 9 of 14 shooting to go along with six rebounds and six assists in the Sixers’ 111-102 win on April 4.

Look for Carter-Williams to have the same attack mentality in the Sixers’ home finale on Monday night.

4. Injuries
Jarvis Varnado (heel) sat out Saturday’s game and is listed as day to day.

Nerlens Noel (knee) and Jason Richardson (knee) are out.

Rajon Rondo (leg), Jared Sullinger (ankle), Jerryd Bayless (knee) and Kris Humphries (knee) are all day to day.

Keith Bogans (personal), Gerald Wallace (knee) and Vitor Faverani (knee) are out for the Celtics.

5. This and that
• The Sixers are 9-31 at home this season. The Celtics are 9-31 on the road.

• The Sixers have allowed each opponent to shoot at least 50 percent from the field during their four-game skid.

• The Celtics are averaging 105.4 points per game over their last five, 9.4 above their season average.

• Henry Sims had 24 points and nine rebounds in the Sixers’ last matchup against the Celtics.

• Avery Bradley is averaging 23.7 points per game for the Celtics since returning from an Achilles injury.

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