The Boston Celtics enter Friday's game tied for third place in the Atlantic Division with the team they will play a home-and-home against in the next few days, the Philadelphia 76ers. The two teams have identical 10-8 records and are 3.5 games back of the New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division. The teams will play each other in Philadelphia on Friday and Boston on Saturday.
The Knicks lead the division with a record of 13-4, entering Thursday's nationally televised game against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The Knicks are currently two games ahead of the 11-6 Brooklyn Nets, who have lost two games in a row. Their next game is scheduled to be Friday against the Golden State Warriors at the Barclays Center with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.