Extra Pass: East showdown between top teams Sixers and Celtics

Published February 25, 2023, 3:00 PMJC Ansis

The Sixers will be tested by the Celtics as they look for their sixth straight win tomorrow.

What's up with the Celtics?

The Boston Celtics remain atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 43-17 record. They're on a two-game winning streak, their latest victory coming at the expense of the Indiana Pacers.

All season long, Boston has relied on Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to deliver the goods. And against Indiana, the two stars did just that.

Tatum scored 25 of his 31 points in the second half and had 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Brown chipped in a double-double of 30 and 11 to lead the Celtics to a 142-138 overtime win.

What's up with the Sixers?

The Sixers, on the other hand, are enjoying a five-game winning streak. They sit in third place in the East with a 39-19 record, three games behind Boston.

Their latest win was against the Memphis Grizzlies, one of the top teams in the West. Philadelphia did that by rallying from a 17-point deficit and holding the Grizzlies scoreless in the final moments of the game.

James Harden paved the Way for the Sixers' comeback with 31 points and MVP frontrunner Joel Embiid produced 27 points, 19 boards, six dimes, and six swats.

Storyline to watch for

The Celtics have dominated the Sixers this season, going 2-0 in their previous two matchups. If the Sixers want to prove they're one of the top title contenders in the East, they'll have to chalk one up over Boston tomorrow.

Fortunately for the Sixers, they will be playing at home, where they have won seven of their last eight games.

Where to watch

The Celtics and Sixers battle it out tomorrow live at 9:30 AM on NBA League Pass.