Injuries take center stage yet again in the NBA and now it is Joel Embiid that is ailing. Embiid missed the final three quarters of the 76ers’ loss to the Wizards on Monday night, and his status for this series is in question. Philadelphia is outscored by 1.1 points per 100 possessions without Embiid on the floor, and they are much more vulnerable without him. We have no idea what the long-term prognosis is on Embiid’s health, but safe to say many in Philadelphia are holding their breath.
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Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (-12.5, 231.5)
The narrative around Brooklyn will always come back to its defense, but the Boston Celtics need to find their own answer on that end of the floor it they’re to keep their slim title hopes alive. Through four games in this series the Nets are averaging 131.6 points per 100 possessions in non-garbage time minutes. The Celtics have no answer for the question Brooklyn’s big three represent, and that was clear on Sunday when James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant combined for 104 points. Now, Robert Williams and Kemba Walker are likely going to miss their second game of this series, and Jayson Tatum is set to shoulder load on his own once more.