After taking care of the Washington Wizards in TD Garden during Tuesday night’s NBA action, the Boston Celtics will now travel to Brooklyn as they will take on the 2-seeded Nets in the first-round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Boston has avoided having to play another game in the play-in tournament and potentially end up in a playoff series once again against the Philadelphia 76ers, but Brooklyn is a team that nobody will want to play. Given how banged up the Celtics are right now and the fact that they have one of the worst supporting casts in the league, things are not looking good initially for them in this series.
Brooklyn has had their own injury problems all season long, as Kevin Durant missed 37 games, James Harden missed 23 games and Kyrie Irving missed 18 games during the regular season, but all of the Nets’ “Big 3” are healthy again and this team really does not have any injury concerns heading into their first-round matchup with Boston.
The Nets are the favorites to win the championship this year, but Boston could present some challenges to them early on. Jaylen Brown being out definitely does not help the Celtics’ chances to be successful in this series, but Jayson Tatum has been having some big-time performances as of late and could look to build off of his 50-point night against the Wizards in a big way!
With that said, let’s take a look at my four bold predictions for the Celtics-Nets first-round series and who I believe will be moving on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals!