Celtics Vs. 76ers: Atlantic Division Lead On The Line In Philadelphia

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 06: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics celebrates a basket late in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets on March 6, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 97-92 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Celtics can take the Atlantic Division lead with a victory Wednesday night against the 76ers.

The Boston Celtics visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night in a battle for Atlantic Division supremacy.

Boston has trailed in the division standings for most of the season, but has a chance to leap Philadelphia with a victory Wednesday. A win would give the Celtics the division lead by percentage points.

If momentum matters in basketball, the Celtics carry an advantage. They have won their past five outings, including consecutive overtime thrillers against the Knicks and Rockets. Trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night against Houston, Boston ran off a late run to force overtime, then outscored the Rockets 13-8 in the extra session.

It's important that Boston is thriving now, since the middle third of March brings a perilous schedule composed of eight straight road games, including tilts against the Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets, Hawks and 76ers.

The Sixers have lost eight out of 10, dropping several close games as they struggle to find crunch time scoring.

For more Celtics coverage, visit our team page or blog CelticsBlog.

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