Eastern Conference top 4 preview for the rest of the regular season
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Looking at the top 4 teams, Boston and Milwaukee practically have the same strength of schedule for the rest of the regular season. However, with Giannis battling a little bit of a wrist injury, the Celtics need to take advantage by winning a few in a row out of the break and hope the Bucks lose a game or two so that Boston can stretch their lead. In the 76ers case, they'll have to battle through a gauntlet the rest of the season to try and protect their top 3 seed. With Cleveland having one of the easiest remaining schedules, I wouldn't be surprised if they threaten Philly for the 3.
Toughest remaining schedule rank for the top 7 in the East the rest of the way this season— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) February 21, 2023
PHI - 1st
BKN - 7th
NYK - 8th
MIA - 9th
BOS - 10th
MIL - 11th
CLE - 27th pic.twitter.com/xb91hHA9uZ
Looking at all of this data and analyzing it, it seems like the Celtics and Bucks are in the drivers seat to both recieve a top 2 seed. For the 76ers and Cavs, despite the 2 game lead that Philly currently holds over 4th placed Cleveland, I expect the Cavs to finish in the number 3 spot, pushing the 76ers back to the 4. As a result, that would theoretically create a Celtics-76ers ECSF series if Boston can retain the top spot. We all know how that rivalry goes.
Your 2022 Eastern Conference Champions... The Boston Celtics! #BleedGreen— NBA (@NBA) May 30, 2022
Jayson Tatum: 26 PTS, 10 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK
Jaylen Brown: 24 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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