The Boston Celtics have done a stellar job keeping up in the lottery race. They have competed hard and kept games close, but have still lost them in the end. If the season were to end today, the Celtics would be in position for a top 5 pick. However, those chances might be in jeopardy considering the upcoming schedule. The Celtics must stay on track this week.
March 31 at Chicago Bulls
The Celtics kept it close in an extremely entertaining game against the Bulls on Sunday, losing 107-102. The Bulls should be able to handle the Rajon Rondo-less Celtics more soundly in the second game of the back-to-back in front of the Chicago fans.
Prediction: Bos 94 Chi 103
April 2 at Washington Wizards
The Wizards have done well this season, but they are still susceptible to the hard-working Celtics. Last time these two teams met, Boston beat Washington in an epic overtime battle. Rondo will be available for this game which increases the chances of a Celtic victory. However, Washington is coming off a solid win against the Indiana Pacers and John Wall is playing his best basketball of the season. This may be an entertaining contest.
Prediction: Bos 99 Was 96
April 4 at Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers have been tanking hard and there is a slim chance they can sneak a victory against the Celtics. Boston plays hard, while Philadelphia plays to lose. The Celtics have this one in the bag.
Prediction: Bos 108 Phi 99
April 5 at Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have also begun to tank to the fullest by losing 8 of their last 9 games. Detroit has lottery aspirations, considering their draft picks belongs to the Charlotte Bobcats if it falls beyond No. 9. The Celtics beat Detroit rather easily in a 118-111 victory, and will do it again.
Prediction: Bos 112 Det 104