The second-half schedule for the 2020-21 NBA Season is finally here and will begin on March 11 for the Boston Celtics. With the new schedule release, I will be going over five must-watch Boston Celtics Games that you need to clear your calendar for.
The 36-game second half of the season for the Celtics consists of 16 nationally televised games, 17 games against teams who are currently in the playoff picture, and five games vs. teams from the Atlantic division.
The Celtics, as of February 28, have three more games remaining before the All-Star break. Now let’s get into the must-watch Boston Celtics games.
March 11, Brooklyn Nets
The first of the Boston Celtics games for the second half is a must-watch. The Celtics will take on the Nets, in Brooklyn, for the first time since Brooklyn’s big three was formed. Brooklyn will hope to have Kevin Durant for this matchup, who has officially been ruled out for the All-Star Game.
Although Boston fans might not want to face KD it sure would be fun to watch him and a fully healthy Brooklyn Nets team. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden are all averaging over 25 PPG so far this season. James Harden leads the team in rebounds with 7.3 per game. He also leads in assists with 11.1 per game.
The Celtics have played the Nets once so far this season, on Christmas Day, where Brooklyn took down the Celtics 123-95 in a blowout win. It will be really interesting to see if Boston can hang with the Nets, who are one of, if not the best, teams in the NBA.
Expect this Boston Celtics game to be a very high-scoring affair, that is becoming one of the only ways you are going to have a chance at beating the Nets.
March 16, Utah Jazz
The next game to mark your calendars for is only two games after the Nets game. The Celtics will face the current best team in the NBA in the Utah Jazz in Boston. The Celtics lost to the Jazz on February 9, 122-108. In that game Jazz guard, Donovan Mitchell dropped 36 points and 9 assists. Jaylen Brown had 33 in that game.
The Jazz, like the Celtics, have two players who were selected to be a 2021 NBA All-Star. Those two players are Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Mitchell is averaging 24.5 PPG, 5.3 APG, and 4.6 RPG, Rudy Gobert is once again a contender for DPOY and is averaging 14 PPG and 13.4 RPG.
Playing two elite teams in five days will be a tough task for a Celtics team that needs to start the second half hot. In my opinion, winning either the Jazz or Nets game would be a big win for the Celtics.
March 24 and 26, Milwaukee Bucks
This Boston Celtics games vs. the Bucks in this mini-series are going to be very important. I know this isn’t technically one game but both games are a must-watch. The Bucks currently hold the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 20-13.
Boston and Milwaukee have played only one game against each other which was the first of the season for both teams. Boston won that game 122-121. In that game, Jayson Tatum hit the game-winning bank shot three-pointer. The season opener was a great game, Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 33 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points.
If this mini-series is anything like the season opener, then we are going to see a pair of some great Boston Celtics games.
April 6, Philadelphia 76ers
The Celtics and their divisional rival will meet again on April 6 at the TD Garden. The Sixers, who currently hold the number one seed in the east, have beat the Celtics in both of their two matchups this season.
Joel Embiid, who is having an MVP caliber season so far, leads the Sixers with 30 PPG and 11.4 RPG. Ben Simmons who was also selected as a 2021 NBA All-Star is having a solid season averaging 16 PPG and about eight RPG and APG. If the Celtics can slow down Embiid, they have a great chance of coming out with a win. Embiid scored 42 in the first matchup and 38 in the second matchup.
The Celtics and Sixers only play this one game in the second half of the season but don’t be surprised if these teams end up meeting each other in the playoffs once again.
April 15, Los Angeles Lakers
The Franchise rivals meet again. For the second time this year, the Celtics and the Lakers will be playing in a primetime game against each other. For all the east coast Celtics watchers this game might be a little hard to watch given the fact that it will be at 10 pm EST. If there’s one game you want to stay up for, however, this is going to be one of the best Boston Celtics games of the year.
Boston and LA met in a thriller of a game on January 10 where the Lakers beat the Celtics 96-95. Kemba Walker missed a mid-range jumper that would have given the Celtics a huge win.
Seeing Lebron James play is always fun, but hopefully we get to see another great game between the Lakers and Celtics, this time with Boston getting the win.
Second Half Boston Celtics Games Summary.
The Boston Celtics games in the second half of the season will almost all be must-wins after the rough first half. If the Celtics want to be a high seed in the playoffs they’re going to need to beat the elite teams, but also beat the bad teams which they struggled with in the first half.
There are a lot of other great Boston Celtics games in the second half of the season that I didn’t include in this article, so get ready for some great games.
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