Last week was simply too easy for the Boston Celtics as they won two of their three games. Fortunately, Boston ended their three-game winning streak on Sunday with a 102-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics have a 18-34 record that is bad enough for the seventh worst in the NBA. This week isn’t exactly in favor of “tankapalooza” as the Celtics will travel to Wisconsin to face the lowly Milwaukee Bucks. Luckily, the week ends with a game against the San Antonio Spurs and then the All-Star Break.
2/10 at Milwaukee
It’ll be the fourth and final meeting between these two teams in the 2013-14 season. Two of the Bucks’ nine wins this season have occurred against the Celtics. For whatever reason, they seem to have Boston’s number. In their only win, former Celtic Jordan Crawford scored a game-high of 25 points while leading the Celtics to victory. This time, however, Crawford won’t be around to bail the team out. Rajon Rondo, who has played terrific of late, will also be sitting out this game. Of course we are talking about the Bucks here, and it doesn’t take much to beat them. Milwaukee has been tanking hard this year, and the Celtics, who don’t have an impressive record themselves, have a core of players who play with pride. Boston will most likely edge out a victory in what is expected to be a rather boring matchup.
Prediction: Bos 91–Mil 88
2/12 vs San Antonio
The final game before the All-Star break features an experienced, championship-caliber team against a weak, rebuilding team. Unless Gregg Popovich decides to sit his starters, the Celtics will find themselves completely over-matched. However, the young Celtics did put up a decent fight last time these two teams played. Boston was able to keep it close for most of the game but ended up losing 104 to 93. This game will be telling for how much some of the players on the Celtics have improved. Let’s see how the 21-year old Jared Sullinger performs against the four-time champion Tim Duncan.
Prediction: SA 112–Bos 98