Tonight’s game is the 412th meeting between the two teams
The Boston Celtics (10-7, 2nd Atlantic Division) and the Detroit Pistons (9-10, 5th Central Division) Franchise are no strangers and the competition between theses two storied franchises dates back to 1957 and the Celtics lead the series 257-154.
But this Celtics squad is not the team it is on the road and, after dropping their last two home games, will look to get their home game squared away tonight. Book makers are putting the onus on the Pistons and have the Celtics as eight point favorites. The last time the two teams met on November 19th the Celtics walked away with a two point 94-92 win.
The Celtics will have Center Al Horford back in the lineup tonight after missing nine games due to concussion and family time due to his wife being pregnant. Horford received some flak about missing time because of family.
“Everybody has their opinion. I respect anything that anybody has to say. I care a lot about the group and our guys. Like I was explaining earlier, for my family’s sake it was important for me to be there for them. Just with our transition and everything. So that’s that. Now I can put that behind me and get focused again on (Wednesday’s game).”
The Boston Celtics and their first round foe Atlanta Hawks both had early exits from the 2015 NBA Playoffs. For the Celtics, it was an early first round bow out at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.. For the Hawk, it was all the way in the Eastern Conference Finals where they were swept by the same Cavaliers.
Fast forward to the 2016 playoffs and the Atlanta Hawks who digressed by 12 games entering the 2016 playoffs while the Celtics improved by eight games, and while the Hawks have won the season series, the Celtics know that the playoffs is where it really counts.
The Boston Celtics are currently sitting in the 4th playoff seed and if all holds, would open the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the 5th seed Miami Heat in the first round. The Celtics hold the season series at 2-0 and have five games remaining with the season finale against the Heat.
Tonight the Celtics, off since their win against the Lakers on Sunday, will take on the New Orleans Hornets and will look to lock up home court with a win over the non-playoff bound Hornets. Friday night, the Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks with the same mindset.