76ers (20-20)  at Boston Celtics (34-11)

Thursday at 7 p.m., at TD Garden

Talking points

The Sixers must make a conscious effort of feeding Joel Embiid the ball.  The franchise center was basically a bystander early in the NBA London loss to the Celtics on Jan. 11 at The O2 Arena.  He never got in rhythm as the Sixers blew a 22-point lead en route to a 114-103 loss.

How to watch and follow the game

Starting lineups

Sixers (20-20)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  13.6 ppg. 6.0 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  13.5 ppg. 6.9  rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.8 ppg. 10.8 rpg.

0 Jerryd Bayless SG 6-3  8.5 ppg. 1.4 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.8 ppg. 7.3 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 95-273)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc fracture, out); JJ Redick (fractured left knee, out); Richaun Holmes (gastroenteristis, out).

Celtics  (34-11)

0 Jayson Tatum SF 6-8 13.8 ppg 5.4 rpg.

42 Al Horford PF 6-10 13.4  ppg. 7.9 rpg.

46 Aron Baynes C 6-10 6.0  ppg. 5.3 apg.

7 Jaylen Brown SG 6-7 14.3 ppg. 5.6 rpg.

11 Kyrie Irving PG 6-3 24.1 ppg. 5.0 apg.

Coach: Brad Stevens (fifth season, 200-173)

Injury report:  Gordon Hayward (left ankle rehab, out); Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder, questionable); Marcus Smart (sick, questionable); Guerschon Yabusele (sick, questionable); Abdel Nader (sick, questionable).

Head to head

The Celtics have a 258-185 series lead after winning this season's first three meetings. Boston has won 13 of last 14 games vs. the Sixers.

Coming games

Saturday: 7:30 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Milwaukee Bucks at Sixers

Monday: 8 p.m., at FedEx Forum, Sixers at Memphis Grizzlies

Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Chicago Bulls at Sixers

Jan. 26: 8:30 p.m., AT&T Center, Sixers at San Antonio Spurs

Jan 28: 6 p.m., Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sixers at Oklahoma City Thunder