Another week and we’re back with another edition of Celtics weekly game slate. Last week the Celtics went 2-2 with two losses being combined by three points. This week the Celtics are busy with a full slate. So without further adieu, let’s dive into their matchups this week.
3/3 vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Celtics finish their quick home stand with a matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are currently cemented into the eight seed in the Eastern Conference. They are battling with the Orlando Magic for the seven seed and could use a big win in Boston. Unfortunately for the Nets, I don’t see that happening. The Nets are resilient, don’t get me wrong, but the Celtics have more depth than the Nets all the way around. Players like Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, and Caris LeVert are fun to watch for the Nets. But with Kyrie done for the year, the Nets don’t have that superstar to rely on in clutch time. Plus, Kemba Walker could be returning for this game if all goes well in practice today. It won’t be easy, but the Celtics should come away with a win in this one.
3/4 @ Cleveland Cavaliers
The Celtics then travel to Cleveland for the second half of a back to back on the road against the Cavaliers. The Cavs are one of the cellar teams in the Eastern Conference. However, they look a little different this time around. Andre Drummond is now in the fold after a trade deadline deal from Detroit landed him with the Pistons. Drummond will certainly give the Celtics trouble on the boards. This might be a game that we see more of Enes Kanter to counter with defensive rebounding and battling against Drummond. At the end of the day, though, the Cavs are a team without an identity and having troubles inside the organization. The Celtics have proven they can win harder games on the second night of back to backs. Even with Drummond, the Celtics should take care of the Cavs easily.
3/6 vs. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz come into town Friday night after playing the Celtics eight days prior. We know this team starts and ends with Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell is becoming one of the rising stars in the NBA. The matchup of Mitchell against Tatum is one of the best in the NBA right now. This game usually would have me picking the Celtics easily. However, I’m not too sure about this one. The Jazz will want revenge and they are currently in a race for 5th place in the Western Conference. Currently they hold the lead over OKC by half a game and Dallas by a full game. So a loss at Boston could knock them all the way down to the seven seed if Dallas and OKC win. This is probably the Celtics hardest matchup of the week.
3/8 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Celtics wrap up a week with a Sunday night tilt against the Thunder. The Thunder have been one of the more surprising teams in the NBA this season. With Chris Paul and Steven Adams leading the charge the Thunder are battling for a five seed in the West. The Celtics won a close game in Oklahoma City last time these two teams met, 112-111. This time, the Celtics will handle the Thunder a lot easier. Win this game and hopefully go 3-1 or even 4-0 on the week. Next week, the Celtics go to Indiana and Milwaukee, so a strong week will help with momentum going into a tough stretch next week.