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Game 1: Sixers at Celtics Game Thread

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Jahlil Okafor makes his NBA debut against the rival (?) Boston Celtics.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

It's a battle of rebuilding Atlantic Division franchises employing completely opposite strategies. Which will ultimately prevail... this evening?

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October 16th, 2015
TD Garden
7:30 pm.
CSN Philly
PROBABLE STARTERS
Isaiah Canaan PG Marcus Smart
JaKarr Sampson SG Avery Bradley
Hollis Thompson SF Jae Crowder
Nerlens Noel PF David Lee
Jahlil Okafor C Tyler Zeller
NUMBERS OF NOTE
In 63 preseason minutes spanning five games, Christian Wood has compiled 31 points and 24 rebounds on 13-for-29 from the field.
This will be the 433rd matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics. Boston leads the all-time series 248-184.
8: The number of combined first round picks the Sixers and Celtics could own in 2016, depending on various pick protections.
GAME OFFICIALS
Jason Phillips
Eric Lewis

Dedric Taylor

Some important notes:

  • Nik Stauskas hopes to play tonight. He said at shoot around he "feels like a million bucks."
  • In addition to Jahlil Okafor, Richaun Holmes, T.J. McConnell, Christian Wood will also make their NBA debuts should they see playing time.
  • The Celtics front court depth, full of varying types of big men should prove an interesting test against the Sixers' Noel-Okafor frontline combo.