Boston Celtics Weekly Preview: January 6 to January 11

By Michael LeDuc
Jordan Crawford
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics continue their rough road trip this week as they play four games against three premier Western Conference teams. This road trip could possibly break the Celtics’ entire season. Boston has already started the road trip on the wrong foot by losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

January 7 at Denver Nuggets

It’ll be the second meeting between these two teams, and the Nuggets will be aiming for revenge. The Celtics beat the Nuggets 106-98 earlier this year, and were up by nearly 30 at one point in the game. The Celtics offense was on fire, while the defense was able to shut down the Nuggets behind the 3-point line.

Denver has been on quite the skid as the Nuggets have only won one of their last nine games. This is one of the easier games the Celtics will play on this road trip, so they must take advantage of the opportunity.

Prediction: Boston 97 — Denver 100

January 8 at Los Angeles Clippers

The Celtics will face their former coach Doc Rivers once again, but this time without Chris Paul. In these teams’ first meeting, Paul scored 22 points and dished out nine assists. He was the reason the Clippers beat the Celtics that night. Luckily, Paul’s injury will keep him out a few more weeks.

The Clippers are still an excellent team, but the Celtics can now give more attention to other players on the Clippers’ roster. The Celtics must seize the opportunity to win two rare games on this road trip.

Prediction: Boston 94 — LAC 89

January 10 at Golden state Warriors

This is where the road trip gets dicey again. There are no signs of the Warriors slowing down. Golden State has won nine games in a row and are as hot as ever. The Celtics have a pretty solid defense, but the Warriors have a high-powered offense. The Celtics never back down, but this game may be out of their hands.

Prediction: Boston 95 — Golden State 118

January 11 at Portland Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers are hands down one of the best teams in the Western Conference right now. They have a very deep team and are making a valid statement this season. Earlier in the season, Portland handled the Celtics with ease 109-96. The Celtics are again overmatched in this contest and will more than likely finish their road trip on a down note. Of course, anything is possible and this team is full of surprises.

Prediction: Boston 81 — Portland 106

Michael LeDuc is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, and add him on Google.

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