Celtics face tough road in battle for first

Celtics face tough road in battle for first
April 2, 2011, 10:00 pm
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By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

After Fridays loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics fell to 52-23 and third place in the Eastern Conference. With seven games left in the regular season, the Cs are three games behind the Chicago Bulls and a half-game back of the Miami Heat.

See what the road ahead holds for the Celtics and their opponents as they battle for the top spot in the East:

1. Chicago Bulls (55-20)Last 10 games: 8-2Current streak: 2 winsGames left: 7

Remainder of the season: In their final seven games, the Bulls face just two teams above .500 (Celtics and Magic). Four of their games are at home, where they are 32-5. But they play a pair of back-to-back games, homeaway and awayhome, before the end of the season.

What to watch:

April 2 vs. Toronto Raptors (20-54)
April 5 vs. Phoenix Suns (37-38)
April 7 vs. Boston Celtics (52-23)
April 8 @ Cleveland Cavaliers (15-60)
April 10 @ Orlando Magic (48-28)
April 12 @ New York Knicks (37-38)
April 13 vs. New Jersey Nets (23-52)

2. Miami Heat (53-23)Last 10 games: 8-2Current streak: 2 winsGames left: 6

Remainder of the season: While the Heat only see two teams above .500, they play back-to-back games against the Celtics and Hawks which are sure to be heated fights for playoff positioning. They have three games left at home (28-10) and three on the road (25-13).

April 3 @ New Jersey Nets (23-52)
April 6 vs. Milwaukee Bucks (30-45)
April 8 vs. Charlotte Bobcats (32-43)
April 10 vs. Boston Celtics (52-23)
April 11 @ Atlanta Hawks (44-32)
April 13 @ Toronto Raptors (20-54)

3. Boston Celtics (52-23)Last 10 games: 5-5Current streak: 1 lossGames left: 7
Remainder of the season: In addition to facing the Bulls and Heat, the Celtics have tough matchups in store against the 76ers and Knicks, both trying to move up in the standings. They will play four games at TD Garden (29-8) and three on the road (23- 15). Four of their final seven opponents have sub-.500 records.

April 3 vs. Detroit Pistons (26-49)
April 5 vs. Philadelphia 76ers (40-36)
April 7 @ Chicago Bulls (55-20)
April 8 vs. Washington Wizards (19-56)
April 10 @ Miami Heat (53-23)
April 11 @ Washington Wizards (19-56)
April 13 vs. New York Knicks (37-38)

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comjcameratonba