The Boston Celtics managed to win one game last week against the Orlando Magic, as they failed to do so against the New York Knicks and, in heart-breaking fashion, the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics are 16-33 at the moment and are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. This week features two home games and an away game.
2/5 at Philadelphia
It’ll be round 2 of the “battle of the ping-pong balls.” These two teams are only half-game apart from having the 3rd-worst record in the league. Last week, Evan Turner hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the game to steal the victory from the Celtics. Jared Sullinger had a tremendous game, so hopefully he can continue his solid play on Wednesday. I see Boston winning the second battle.
Prediction: Bos 101 Phi 96
2/7 vs Sacramento Kings
The Kings have solid pieces on their roster, but for whatever reason have been struggling to win games. They surprisingly have the worst record in the Western Conference. It may be an indication of just how tough the West is. However, with all the talent on their roster, I don’t see the Celtics victorious when the buzzer sounds. If DeMarcus Cousins returns from his injury, it may be a long day for the Celtics’ smaller frontcourt.
Prediction: Bos 98 Sac 109
2/9 vs Dallas Mavericks
Led by Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks have been hanging tough in the Western Conference playoff contention. Because of the Memphis Grizzlies‘ recent surge, the Mavs are one spot out of the playoff race. However, there are many veterans on that team that will keep Dallas in contention. If the Mavs are doing this well in the West, than a bad team in the East will be no match for them.
Prediction: Bos 87 Dal 96
Rajon Rondo made strides in his recovery process with an excellent performance against the Magic. Let’s see how he does this week against slightly tougher competition.