The Celtics blew out the undermanned Nets on Wednesday night 149-115, the most points scored by a Celtics team since 1992. Among the top performers was Robert Williams, who finished with a career-high 18 points on perfect shooting from the field and the free throw line to go along with 3 blocks.
Back to back 4-2 days and I still haven’t had a losing record for even a single day since my pick series started, which honestly makes 4-2 feel like a disappointment. My overall record now stands at 27-7. Here are my picks for today’s slate of games. I’m feeling pretty good about these. There’s a lot of close lines, so at least a few of these games should be close, competitive and entertaining.
It was a weird day in the NBA. The Nets beat the Bucks, the Suns beat the Clippers and the Heat beat the Celtics despite Jimmy Butler being a late scratch from the lineup. Still, I picked all of those games right, so I’m not making any excuses for my 4-2 record yesterday. That brings my record overall to 23-5. Today might be the hardest slate of games to pick I’ve seen yet. There’s a lot of big spreads and a lot of teams in unique situations. I’m not feeling optimistic about today’s picks, but I’ll do my best.
The Celtics are set to restart their season against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in what could be an Eastern Conference Finals preview. If Boston truly has aspirations of reaching the NBA Finals, they’ll have to figure out who their primary defender will be against the likely back-to-back MVP.
Nicole Yang of the Boston Globe is reporting that every Celtic will have an NBA pre-approved message on the back of their jersey in place of their last name for the NBA’s restart. The NBA and NBPA agreed to this initiative to give players the opportunity to promote change prior to finalizing their agreement to play in Orlando. Players made this request after some within in NBPA raised concerns about returning to play basketball amid significant social unrest in the country after the public and tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.