Who should the Sixers want in round two: Celtics or Bucks?

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BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 18: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics and head coach Brett Brown of the Philadelphia 76ers look on during their game at TD Garden on January 18, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

If the Philadelphia 76ers close out the Miami Heat, they’ll face the winner of Boston vs. Milwaukee in round two.

The Philadelphia 76ers currently hold a 3-1 series lead over the Miami Heat. They’re the only team in the East that isn’t locked into a 2-2 tie right now, which could be important when you factor rest into the equation.

Heading back to South Philly for Game 5, the Sixers should finish off Miami on Tuesday night. If that doesn’t happen, they’re still heavy favorites given their undeniable talent advantage and Brett Brown’s high-level coaching.

Assuming the Sixers close things out in round one, they’ll face either the Boston Celtics or the Milwaukee Bucks in round two. There are pretty clear pros and cons to each matchup, but no clear favorite when it comes to who the Sixers should prefer.

From star equity to off-court reasons, both teams present intriguing matchups. Many would argue that the Sixers are favorites either way. Let’s break down each team and why the Sixers should (or shouldn’t) want to face them.

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