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76ers at Celtics | 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

76ers at Celtics: With season series tied, Boston looks for a leg up on its division rival on Friday night

The Celtics will look to slow down Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Friday.Tim Nwachukwu/Getty

Before the Celtics dive into the In-Season Tournament knockout bracket next week, they’ll first have to wage another battle with the 76ers at TD Garden.

Boston has split the season series, dropping the first matchup on Nov. 8 before bouncing back with a shorthanded victory on Nov. 15. The Celtics are 5-2 since then, and most recently trounced the Bulls in a group stage game on Tuesday.

The 76ers are 4-3 since the loss to the Celtics. Joel Embiid leads the NBA in scoring at 32 points per game, but missed the last contest — a 124-114 loss to the Pelicans — with an illness.


Here’s the lowdown on Friday’s matchup.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: TD Garden, Boston

TV, radio: ESPN, NBCSB, WBZ-FM 98.5

Line: Celtics -7. O/U: 224.5


Season record: 14-4

Last 10 games: 8-2


Season record: 12-6

Last 10 games: 5-5


Points per game: Boston 116.3, Philadelphia 120.2

Points allowed per game: Boston 106.7, Philadelphia 112.4

Field goal percentage: Boston .472, Philadelphia .476

Opponent field goal percentage: Boston .439, Philadelphia .465

3-point percentage: Boston .360, Philadelphia .373

Opponent 3-point percentage: Boston .350, Philadelphia .353

Stat of the day: Joel Embiid leads the NBA with 11.8 free throw attempts per game. He’s converting them at a career-best 87.8 percent clip.

Notes: Kristaps Porzingis is the lone Celtic on the injury report, but he’ll be out again with a left calf strain. Philadelphia has a much longer injury list. Entering Friday, Kelly Oubre Jr. (ribs) and Danuel House Jr. (quadriceps) are out, Embiid (illness) is questionable, and Nic Batum (finger) and Jaden Springer (illness) are probable. ... The Celtics don’t take a high volume of shots at the rim, but they are fifth in the NBA in field goal percentage (68.0) in that area. ... Tyrese Maxey continues to be a breakout star for the 76ers and has reached 30 points in three of his last five games.


Ethan Fuller can be reached at ethan.fuller@globe.com.