The Boston Celtics remain tied for the fourth-worst record in the NBA thanks to victories from the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz last night. Clearly the Celtics are walking on a tight rope in the tanking race as one win or loss can move their standing two or three spots. Boston has lost six of their last seven games, and it is critical to stay on track in the upcoming weeks. Here’s a look at what challenges the Celtics face this week.
Mar. 26 vs. Toronto Raptors
The Raptors may be in third place in the Eastern Conference, but they are extremely beatable. The Celtics match up with them pretty well. In their last meeting, Jared Sullinger has a monster night, scoring 25 points and pulling down 20 boards. Avery Bradley, who has been on a tear, contributed 20 points to the victory. Rajon Rondo was absent in that game, but he will put the team over the top in this one.
Prediction: Bos 101 Tor 96
Mar. 28 at Raptors
Two nights later, the Celtics travel back Toronto for a rematch with the Raptors. This time Toronto will prevail in a neck-and-neck type of game. Hopefully Demar Derozan, Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross will catch fire. Boston can’t afford to win two games in a row.
Prediction: Bos 106 Tor 108
Mar. 30 vs. Chicago Bulls
The Derrick Rose-less Bulls are having a solid year and are looking to surpass the Raptors for No. 3 seed in the East. Chicago is currently a half-game behind Toronto. Boston has had quite a bit of trouble against the Bulls in the last few years, so this game will be a breeze for this highly-motivated Bulls team. Boston has trouble with size, and Joakim Noah is running on all cylinders.
Prediction: Bos 83 Chi 91