So, our beloved New England Patriots lost to the Eagles last night in Super Bowl LII. Patriots fans are definitely upset, and we may need more time to mourn a bit longer, but what does this mean for basketball? The fan bases of each sport, especially in New England, often overlap and from what I can tell, a lot of Pats fans cheer for the Celtics. So, if you are one of those Patriots fans who can find some kind of happiness and relief by having hope in the Celtics, this article is for you.
Now, I hate to make predictions. Well, I like to make them, but not write them down. That ONE time I wrote that the Celtics would beat the Magic, they lost their win streak. I’m going to take a small chance on this one and put one of my thoughts out there: I do have hope for a Celtics title this year. Here is where I will stop getting too specific in my predictions because I really don’t want to jinx specific match-ups. I’m hoping the Celtics feel the pressure form the fan base more than ever to bring home a title. Let’s use this as a learning opportunity.
How do the NBA playoffs work?
The NBA playoffs consist of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. These teams are ranked in order by win-loss records which is technically how they qualify for the playoffs. Right now, the Celtics are 39-15 and first in the eastern conference. The Celtics have 28 more games in the regular season which ends on Wednesday, April 11 against the Nets. Their match-ups include many teams who they have already beaten, like the Hornets (who lay 10th in the Eastern Conference and don’t really threaten the Celtics playoff chances) and the Raptors tomorrow (who are 2nd in the EC right now). When it comes down to it, I think the Celtics have a few good wins coming their way, and they’ll be in the playoffs for sure. Additional topics to think about are injuries such as Kyrie’s quad, Smart’s hand, and Morris’ hip, and the signing of Greg Monroe with disabled player exception, and the recent explosion performances of Terry Rozier III.
The playoffs will start Saturday, April 14 and end on Monday, May 28. The winner from each conference will advance to the final round, or the NBA Finals. This series is a best-of-seven series. It is a played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, meaning the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while their opponent hosts games 3, 4, and 6. Games 5–7 being played if needed. The finals begin 2018 NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, May 31 and ends on Sunday, June 17.
Just for Fun
Let’s take the city who everyone in New England hates the most right now: Philadelphia. The 76ers are 25-25 which has them ranked 8th in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers have 32 more games in the regular season which also ends on Wednesday, April 11 against the Bucks. From now to the end of these teams’ seasons, there are many variables. They’ve also been playing without Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who has gastroenteritis. They suck. The Celtics beaten the 76ers on all of the following occasions:
- 10/6/17, 110 to 102
- 10/9/17, 113-96
- 10/20/17, 102-92
- 11/30/17, 108 to 97
- 1/11/17, 114 to 103
The 76ers have beaten the Celtics on the following occasion:
- 1/18/18, 89 to 80
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Nina is a 21 year old college student from Massachusetts studying Elementary Education and Political Science. She has always been involved in playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Her favorite teams are the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics, as well as wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynyk are playing!