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The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics are doing battle Tuesday evening as each team closes up shop before this weekend’s NBA All-Star break.

Sure the Raptors and Bucks have had themselves tremendous season, but to many it’s these two teams who stand above the rest in the Eastern Conference.

Despite seeing his team make a plethora of trade deadline moves, Sixers head coach Brett Brown is now sold on Philadelphia being the team to beat back east.

In fact, Brown is out here concluding that the Celtics themselves might be the team to beat.

There is obviously some method to Brown’s madness. This type of comment could very well be taken personally in Philadelphia’s locker room — leading to renewed passion as the regular season plays out.

As for the facts, Philadelphia heads into Tuesday night’s outing at 36-20 on the season, one game ahead of the Celtics. The Bucks (42-14) and Raptors (42-16) boast the Association’s top two records.