W2W4: Celts vs. 76ers (Game 81 of 82)
- GOING STREAKING: The Celtics snapped a nine-game losing streak on Friday against Charlotte, busted a 13-game road losing streak on Saturday in Cleveland, and now visit Philadelphia looking to win three straight games for the first time in more than two months (Feb. 2-7). Meanwhile, the 76ers have lost four straight (and 32 of their last 34 overall).
- PLAYING THE LOTTERY: A win by the 76ers or -- a loss by the Bucks in Toronto -- will cement Philadelphia in finishing with the second worst record in basketball this season. The 76ers would then have a 19.9 percent chance at the top pick and a 55.8 percent chance at a top 3 selection. The Celtics enter tied with the rival Los Angles Lakers for the fifth worst record in basketball. Boston can still finish anywhere from third to sixth in the final lottery standings and Celtics fans will have their eyes on the scoreboard when the Lakers visit the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
- LOOSE BALLS: This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The 76ers lead the series, 2-1, but Boston won in Philadelphia back in February. Philadelphia's last win came in Boston earlier this month. ... As STATS LLC notes: Boston is averaging 105.4 points in its last five games, 9.4 points more than its season mark. ... The Celtics played Saturday with only eight available bodies. Rajon Rondo (left shin bruise), Jared Sullinger (sprained left ankle), and Kris Humphries (sore right knee) all have a chance to rejoin the lineup in Philly. ... This is Boston's final road game of the season as the Celtics wrap up the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday night with a visit from the Washington Wizards.
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