The NFL season is finally over, which means it's time for the winter sports to reign supreme! The Red Sox don't start for a few more weeks and the Patriots just finished up their season a few weeks ago. While the Bruins are also making a respectable run in the NHL, the Celtics are the team that I'm focusing on currently. They're 33-15 with recent victories over the Heat on the road, Warriors at home, and 76ers at home. Another week is approaching for the Celtics, and it's an important one at that. With this all in mind, let's take a look at the weekly slate of games for our beloved Boston Celtics.
2/3 @ Atlanta Hawks
Look, I'm going to be very honest here. The Hawks are not a good basketball team. Yes, they have Trae Young, who will be a starter in the All-Star game. But other than that, there really isn't much other talent on that team. However, this could be a huge trap game for the Celtics. They are traveling on the road for a quick game against Atlanta at a time where they have some injury concerns. Young is day to day along with several other players on the Hawks. When all of this is added up, the Celtics should win easily right? Normally yes! But, this is the Celtics we're talking about here. Sometimes, they play down to their competition. Hopefully, they pick up where they left off Saturday against Philadelphia and start the week off on the right foot.
2/5 vs. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic currently own the eight seed in the Eastern conference with a 21-28 record. Obviously, the Magic are led by power forward Aaron Gordon. There are a few other pieces like Markelle Fultz, Mo Bamba, Terrence Ross, and others. But the fact of the matter is that the Celtics are way too deep for this Magic team. The Magic have struggled with rebounding and with the Celtics athleticism and big men, it's going to be a hard night for the Magic. If the Celtics control the glass in this game, they win it. Plain and simple!
2/7 vs. Atlanta Hawks
This one will be brief. It's hard to beat a team twice in a week. But with the Hawks, this game at the very least should be easy. The Celtics will be back home in a building they play extremely well in more often than not. They should have Kemba Walker back, and potentially Enes Kanter as well. That will make a deep team even deeper than we all could imagine. This is a game where if you're a betting individual, I might look into hammering the Celtics in this one.
2/9 @ Oklahoma City Thunder
The Celtics end the week with a tough matchup on Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City. The Thunder have pleasantly surprised a lot of people after trading Russell Westbrook and losing Paul George. They are currently 30-20, and the seven seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder are led by the duo of point guard Chris Paul and center Steven Adams. Adams can definitely give the Celtics some trouble on the glass, while Paul does a fantastic job of moving the ball around on offense. The Celtics will need a strong end of the week performance to finish on a high note before the tough part of their schedule starts up.
This is a big week for the Celtics. These are games that they need to win to keep climbing up the Eastern conference standings. 3-1 or 4-0 is big for momentum heading into a stretch where you play both Los Angeles teams, Houston, Minnesota, Portland, and Utah. Let the fun begin. Let's go Celtics!