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The Boston Celtics were the best team in the NBA, by far, during the regular season. Boston is coming off a 4-1 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round. First round action saw the Celtics take out the Miami Heat in five games. Now, the Celtics will take on the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The winner will advance to the NBA Finals against the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The big concern for the Celtics remains the calf injury to C Kristaps Porzingis, who remains out until the end of May.

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Boston Celtics Team Overview

The Boston Celtics are 64-18 straight up, 41-36-5 against the spread, and 42-38-2 over/under the total. Late on, Boston has covered two out of their last eight games. While the Celtics have gone over the total in four of its previous five matchups. Boston is 1st in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Boston is 14 games ahead of the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Boston has NBA metrics of 2nd for scoring offense, 8th for field goal percentage, 2nd for 3-point field goal percentage, 7th for free throw percentage, and 2nd for offensive rebounding. On defense, the Celtics have NBA metrics of 5th for scoring defense, 2nd for field goal percentage permitted, 4th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 14th for defensive rebounding.

Boston will play the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. The best of seven series opens on Tuesday, May 21.

Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Series Schedule

Game 1: Pacers vs. Celtics; Tuesday, May 21 - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 2: Pacers vs. Celtics; Thursday, May 23 - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 3: Celtics at Pacers; Saturday, May 25 - 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC)

Game 4: Celtics at Pacers; Monday, May 27 - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 5:* Pacers vs. Celtics, Wednesday, May 29 - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 6:* Celtics at Pacers; Friday, May 31 - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Game 7:* Pacers vs. Celtics; Sunday, June 2 - 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

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Boston Celtics Key Players

SF Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 26.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. In contrast, SG Jaylen Brown averaged 23.0 points per game. Of great concern is that Kristaps Porzingis is likely to miss the second round. C Kristaps Porzingis averaged 20.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the regular season.

So far in the playoffs, SF Jayson Tatum leads Boston with 24.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. SG Jaylen Brown brings 23.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  PG Derrick White adds 18.2 points per contest.

Boston Celtics Head Coach

Head coach Joe Mazzulla took over on an interim basis for the 2022-23 season and has proven to be the right man for the job. He has a career record of 121-43 in the regular season and 11-9 in the playoffs.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

2023-24 82 64 18 1st, Atlantic TBD
2022–23 82 57 25 1st, Atlantic Lost in Conference Finals, 3–4 (Heat)
2021–22 82 51 31 1st, Atlantic Lost in NBA Finals, 2–4 (Warriors)
2020–21 72 36 36 4th, Atlantic Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Nets)
2019–20 72 48 24 2nd, Atlantic Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Heat)
2018–19 82 49 33 3rd, Atlantic Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–4 (Bucks)
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Boston Celtics History

The Boston Celtics continually vie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the honor of being the most successful team in the history of the NBA. Boston has won 17 NBA championships, and the Celtics were one of the greatest dynasties the sports world has ever seen from the late 1950s until the late 1960s. The Celtics won 11 NBA titles in 13 years as Bill Russell established himself as one of the greatest players in the league's history. Bob Cousy, KC Jones, John Havlicek, and Sam Jones were all elected to the NBA Hall of Fame for their contributions during this stretch.

Boston won two titles in the 1970s with Dave Cowens and Jo Jo White as the stars and the help of Havlicek and future coaches Paul Silas and Don Nelson. The next true Celtics dynasty wasn’t until the 1980s when Larry Legend became a household name.

Larry Bird was instrumental in taking the Celtics to the NBA Finals five times in seven years, and Boston won three championships before Bird’s back problems became too much. Kevin McHale and Robert Parish were also difference-makers on this team.

The 1990s were largely a down decade for this franchise as M.L. Carr and Rick Pitino failed to lead this team to the playoffs. However, the Celtics won their 17th NBA title in 2008, with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen all playing big roles. Boston has come close to winning its 18th championship with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, but the Celtics have not yet broken through.

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