Boston Celtics Weekly Preview March 10-16: Tanking Race Heats Up
After winning two games in a row in rather impressive fashion, it is essential that the Boston Celtics get back to the plan and lose more games. It was nice to see them win a couple games given how well they played, but with no chance of making the playoffs, obtaining a high lottery pick needs to be the No. 1 priority. This week features games against mediocre competition that may be difficult to lose to.
March 11 at Indiana Pacers
The Celtics pushed the Pacers to the brink in their last matchup by keeping the game close and even holding a lead for the majority of the game. Of course, the Pacers’ championship-caliber lineup came through at the end. The Celtics will not have as much success in Indiana as they did in Boston. Paul George and the Pacers should be able to make quick work of the Celtics.
Prediction: BOS 91 — IND 103
March 12 vs. New York Knicks
Having won four games in a row, the Knicks are on a bit of hot streak. They are finally starting to play up to their caliber and are now making a serious playoff push. However, their schedule certainly plays in their favor. Last time these two teams met, the Knicks blew away the Celtics with a 114-88 victory. The Celtics struggled mightily on both ends of the floor.
Since this game will be a back-to-back, Rajon Rondo will not be playing. Given their motivation, the Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks should be able to handle the Rondo-less Celtics.
Prediction: BOS 97 — NYK 106
March 14 vs. Phoenix Suns
The Celtics played extremely well in their last contest against the Suns, but ultimately lost 100-94. Even stellar performances from Rondo, Jeff Green, and Brandon Bass were not enough to take down the surprising Suns. However, the Suns are susceptible and the Celtics could steal a win at home.
Prediction: BOS 109 — PHO 101
March 16 at New Orleans Pelicans
If there is one thing the Celtics have trouble with, it is length. The up-and-coming Pelicans just so happen to have an extremely lengthy big man named Anthony Davis. He scored 23 points, grabbed nine boards, and blocked three shots in their last meeting.
The Celtics had an entirely different team then. Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee were still on the roster, Gerald Wallace and Avery Bradley were both healthy, and Rajon Rondo was still recovering from his injury. This game is difficult to predict, but the Pelicans should be able to come out on top.
Prediction: BOS 99 — NOR 102