Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins
76ers: Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Saumel Dalembert
Health Check: The Celtics are healthy.
For the Sixers, forward Elton Brand (achilles) is listed as questionable, while center Francisco Elson (hernia) is out.
Keep It in Mind: The Sixers have allowed over 100 points in five of their last six games.
Who's Hot: For the Celtics, Paul Pierce scored 27 points on 9-13 shooting on Wednesday against the Bobcats.
For the Sixers, Louis Williams is coming off an 11-15, 30-point performance against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
Who's Not: For the Celtics, Kendrick Perkins has not posted double-digit rebounds in his last seven games.
For the Sixers, Thaddeus Young is coming off a nine-point effort against the Hawks in which he hit just four of 11 shots.
Key Matchup: Paul Pierce vs. Andre Iguodala
Honorable Mention: Kendrick Perkins vs. Samuel Dalembert
Skinny: The Celtics would be wise to jump on Philly early in its own building, while possibly exploiting matchups like Rajon Rondo versus Jrue Holiday and Kevin Garnett against Thaddeus Young. Garnett should be able to take advantage of Young in the paint, while Rondo should be able to get by Holiday and create easy buckets for others. Don't be shocked to see Rondo and Garnett play a quality pick-and-roll game tonight, given their defenders.
Kendrick Perkins needs to get back to ripping down the rebounds, as Philly still ranks higher than Boston in terms of total team rebounds per game. If the C's commit themselves to defense early on, and can win the rebounding battle, they should be able to lock up their third straight victory.