Ever since they traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Peirce to the Brooklyn Nets, The has been in rebuilding mode. Boston is third in the Atlantic Division posting a record of 7 wins and 13 loses. Surprisingly, this team is much better than there record shows losing last minute games to playoff teams like Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland, Toronto and Washington. Rajon Rondo returned from a broken hand for the beginning of the season and hasn’t missed a beat. The surprise of this team has been the play of Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green. Green is averaging close to 20 points a game while Sullinger has taken his game to the next level, averaging 16 points and close to 9 rebounds a game. The defensive trio of rookie Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley and Rondo has been a nightmare for opposing teams. Smart, who suffered a gruesome injury four weeks ago, returned to action on December 8th and is fully healthy. Below we break down the Celtics the next four games that Boston will take part in.
12/10/14 @ Charlotte Hornets | Avg. Price: $ 78.21 | Get-in price: $9.00
The Hornets could be the biggest disappointment of this season. The Hornets had an impressive offseason that featured the signing of guard Lance Stevenson and drafting of forward Noah Vonleh. The Hornets have been plagued from awful shooting and injuries. Kemba Walker is shooting only 36% from the field. Look for the Celtics to exploit that and the lack of guard depth. The Celtics will have to find a way to defend all-star center Al Jefferson who has been a tear recently. Hornets vs. Celtics tickets are currently at an average price of $78.21 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $9.00. The price has decreased 23% in the past 7 days.
12/12/14- New York Knicks | Avg. Price: $ 68.45 | Get-in price: $20.00
While the Celtics have struggled to win games, the Knicks have been having all kinds of problems. This Knicks team has had a lot of trouble adopting to new coach Derek Fisher’s triangle offense. Carmelo Anthony and the resurrected Amare Stoudiemire are really the only ones that have played very well this year. Look for Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk to attack the Knicks interior as they lack legitimate rim protectors after Tyson Chandler was traded in the offseason. This game is at an average price of $68.45 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $20.00. This game has decreased 29% in the past seven days.
12/15/14 vs. Philadelphia 76ers | Avg. Price: $62.15 | Get-in price: $6.00
The 76ers are the worst team in the league. They had the second longest losing streak in NBA history when they lost 19 consecutive games. The 76ers have little to no legitimate talent on this team right now besides Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Tony Wroten. Philadelphia will really struggle to score against Boston. Fans are paying $62.15 to see this game, however, it only costs $6.00 to get into the stadium. This average price represents a 4% decrease from last week.
12/17/14 – Orlando Magic | Avg. Price: 43 | Get-in price: $10.00
This is a battle between two Atlantic Division rivals. This is the first time these two teams will see each other this year. The one major thing to monitor is the health of star center Nikola Vucevic who missed the previous four games with a strained back. Vucevic alongside breakout power forward Tobias Harris will wreak havoc against the undersized Celtics if they are on the floor together. Look for Celtic’s guards to attack Orlando’s suspect perimeter defenders. This is currently at an average price of $43.00 on the secondary market while the get-in price is $10.00. This game has decreased in price by 26% in the last 7 days. This is a matchup of two teams that may have the best young talent in the entire NBA.