The NBA Playoff Race Heats Up: Can the Celtics Catch the Bucks for the No. 1 Seed?

The NBA Playoff race is heating up, with the Boston Celtics looking to catch up with the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks currently hold a 1.5-game lead over the Celtics with just eight games remaining in the regular season. However, the Celtics are not giving up on their goal of securing the top seed.

Malcolm Brogdon, a guard for the Pacers and former player for the Bucks, recently spoke about the Celtics’ determination to catch the Bucks. He said, “I think this team understands the importance of having home-court advantage in the playoffs. So that’s something we’re going after.”

The Celtics’ remaining schedule includes games against the Wizards, Jazz, Sixers, Raptors, and Hawks, among others. They have a combined record of 12-2 against these teams, with their only losses coming on the road against the Bucks and the Jazz. Meanwhile, the Bucks’ remaining schedule includes games against the Pistons, Pacers, Sixers, Wizards, Bulls, Grizzlies, and Raptors. They have a combined record of 13-8 against these teams and have dropped at least one game to six of their remaining eight opponents.

The NBA Playoff Race Heats Up
The NBA Playoff Race Heats Up

These stats are encouraging for the Celtics, but they will need to beat the Bucks in Milwaukee on Thursday night if they want to have a chance at taking the top seed. The season series is tied 1-1, so if the Bucks win on Thursday, the Celtics will need to make up an extra game on Milwaukee to earn the No. 1 seed.

The home-court advantage was crucial for the Celtics in last year’s playoffs when they eliminated the Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden. Both teams are well aware of the stakes entering the final stretch of the regular season.

As of March 27th, the updated Eastern Conference standings are as follows: Milwaukee Bucks (53-21), Boston Celtics (52-23) – 1.5 games back, Philadelphia 76ers (49-25) – 4.0 games back, Cleveland Cavaliers (48-28) – 6.0 games back, New York Knicks (42-33) – 11.5 games back, Brooklyn Nets (40-35) – 13.5 games back, Miami Heat (40-35) – 13.5 games back, Atlanta Hawks (37-38) – 16.5 games back, Toronto Raptors (37-38) – 16.5 games back, and the Chicago Bulls (36-38) – 17.0 games back.

The NBA Playoff race is always exciting, and this year is no exception. With just a few games left in the regular season, the Celtics will need to put in their best efforts to catch up with the Bucks and secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

The NBA playoff race is heating up, and the Boston Celtics have their sights set on catching the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. After creating some separation between the two teams earlier in the season, the Celtics were shocked to see Milwaukee take the top spot after the All-Star break.

Malcolm Brogdon, the shooting guard for the Indiana Pacers who previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks, believes that the Celtics are still in the race for the No. 1 seed. In a recent interview, he said, “I think this team understands the importance of having home-court advantage in the playoffs. So that’s something we’re going after.”

However, catching up to the Bucks won’t be easy. Milwaukee currently has a 1.5-game lead over Boston with just eight games remaining in the regular season. The Bucks have been dominant in recent months, going 24-4 since January 23.

But the Celtics’ remaining schedule gives them a chance to make up ground. Boston has seven games left, including matchups against the Bucks, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Toronto Raptors. Their combined record against their remaining opponents is an impressive 12-2, with the only losses coming on the road to Milwaukee in overtime and on the road to Utah on the second night of a back-to-back.

On the other hand, the Bucks have dropped at least one game to six of their remaining eight opponents and have a losing record against the 76ers, the Chicago Bulls, and the Memphis Grizzlies. Milwaukee’s remaining schedule includes matchups against the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Toronto Raptors.

If Boston can beat Milwaukee on Thursday night, they will tie the season series at 2-2, and the Celtics will only need to match the Bucks’ record to secure the No. 1 seed. The home-court advantage was crucial for the Celtics last postseason when they eliminated the Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden.

Currently, the Eastern Conference standings have the Bucks at the top with a record of 53-21, followed closely by the Celtics at 52-23, 1.5 games back. The Philadelphia 76ers are in third place with a record of 49-25, four games behind the Bucks. The Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat, the Atlanta Hawks, the Toronto Raptors, and the Chicago Bulls round out the top ten.

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