With a mere 25 games left in the season, the Boston Celtics end their road trip tonight and then play two more games against teams in their own conference. The Celtics have done a fabulous job keeping up in the lottery race by losing to some of the worst teams in the league. With a 19-38 record, the Celtics now own the fourth worst record in the NBA. With a top-5 pick in their sights, the Celtics hope to secure that position this week.
Feb. 24 at Utah Jazz
The Celtics are now 0-12 on the road against Western Conference teams. The Jazz, one of the weakest teams in the league, makes for a tough matchup if the Celtics want to sustain their lottery position. With Jared Sullinger out, the Celtics may be in trouble, even against such a lowly team like Utah. Enes Kanter and Trey Burke have been playing good ball as of late. Boston may very well be 0-13 on the road after tonight.
Prediction: Bos 93 Utah 96
Feb. 26 vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks have been free-falling for about a month now. Al Horford‘s injury is finally catching up with them. However, they are still fighting to stay in playoff contention and will be more determined than the Celtics. Boston was able to win their last matchup, but not this time.
Prediction: Bos 87 Atl 96
Mar. 1 vs. Indiana Pacers
Last time these two teams met, the Celtics were blown right out of the water in a 27-point rout by the Pacers. With Paul George, Roy Hibbert, Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner fighting to keep on top of the Eastern Standings, this game will hardly be a contest.
Prediction: Bos 86 Ind 105