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This may seem like the most obvious article we’ve ever written, but in case you haven’t been keeping track of the Celtics while the Bruins continue to win and the NFL’s free agent frenzy kicks into high gear, the C’s aren’t very good.
Entering Friday’s game with the Phoenix Suns, the Celtics are 22-43, having clinched their first losing season since the 2006-2007 season, or since before the new Big Three era came and went. Want to know what are that betting expectations for the favorite to win the game? For more information you can check here at Sportbet.com the best NBA lines.
Celtics fans praying for the Celtics to continue tanking and lose every game the rest of the way had to be upset when Rajon Rondo returned, and even more upset when he wasn’t traded. But Rondo hasn’t had much of an effect at stopping the bleeding.
Since Rondo’s return, the Celtics are 8-17, though it is worth noting that Rondo has sat out of six of those games to rest his surgically repaired knee.
Rondo should be in the lineup against the Suns Friday night.
Speaking of the Suns, Phoenix is fighting for their playoff lives. The a Suns started scorching hot, but have since cooled off, going 3-7 in their last 10 games. The rough stretch has dropped the team from 6th in the Western Conference to 9th, though just two games behind the final two spots.
Remarkably, the Celtics, despite being 21 games under .500, are just 6.5 games out of the playoffs in possibly the worst conference in American pro sports history.
The high-scoring Suns will certainly be looking to secure a win against one of the worst teams in the NBA.
“You can’t make errors against them because they are coming, they are coming fast,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told the Associated Press after last month’s matchup with the Suns. “… We can agree that that team pushes it harder than any team we have seen all year.”
Eric Bledsoe returned to the Suns in their most recent game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 15 points. He had been out of the lineup since December 30.
With Bledsoe out of the lineup for much of this year, the Suns have turned to Goran Dragic, who is averaging 20.6 points per game this season.
The Suns really need the win over the Celtics, as they still have to play the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat, the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, on their current road trip. A win against the Celts would take a little pressure off the team for the rest of the trip.