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Sixers-Celtics Preview: Is Tonight The Night?

Philadelphia has a good chance to break their 10-game losing streak tonight against Boston.

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The start to Philadelphia's season hasn't exactly gone to plan (or has it? Tanking jokes!). Philadelphia is 0-10, and over the past three games they've been beat down by Dallas, kicked away a win against Houston (I'm here all week, try the veal!), and were dominated by San Antonio on Monday.

But the 76ers winless ways can change tonight against the Boston Celtics, not only because math is on their side, but who the hell knows when they'll win again.

According to numberFire, here is the Sixers win probability against their next nine opponents, including the Celtics:

Date Away Home Sixers WP
11/19/14 Boston Celtics Philadelphia 76ers 44.11%
11/21/14 Phoenix Suns Philadelphia 76ers 33.43%
11/22/14 Philadelphia 76ers New York Knicks 27.82%
11/24/14 Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers 29.99%
11/26/14 Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers 37.84%
11/29/14 Dallas Mavericks Philadelphia 76ers 35.42%
12/1/14 San Antonio Spurs Philadelphia 76ers 28.83%
12/3/14 Philadelphia 76ers Minnesota Timberwolves 27.16%
12/5/14 Oklahoma City Thunder Philadelphia 76ers 34.28%

The guys at numberFire were also kind enough to let us know the Sixers now have a 2.6% chance (up from 1.8%) chance to break the 0-18 record previously set by the Nets. Philadelphia narrowly avoided being on the wrong side of history last season with their 26-game losing streak, but may not be so lucky this time around unless they can take down the Celtics.

Boston is coming off a heartbreaking 118-114 loss to Phoenix monday, where a late Avery Bradley turnover cost them the game. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 28 points on 10-17 shooting, and is averaging just under 20 points a contest this season. He'll be a tough task for Luc Mbah a Moute to contain. The Sixers will also have to deal with the tremendous playmaking skills of Rajon Rondo, who finished Monday with 14 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds.

Combating him in the starting five tonight will be Michael Carter-Williams, as the former Syracuse guard informed media today he expects to start for the first time this season. After a rough showing in Houston, Carter-Williams bounced back against San Antonio with 16 points on 7-14 shooting and 4 assists. Nerlens Noel will also start tonight alongside Henry Sims, after coming off the bench the past three games.

Philadelphia has the best chance in a while to win a game. If they can't, you may want to shield your eye over the next eight games.

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