The Milwaukee Bucks have a shot at catching the Boston Celtics. They’re riding a four game winning streak that has them three games over .500 at 31-28 and they’re markedly better with J.J Redick on their team than they have been in quite some time.
The Boston Celtics are coming off of two straight wins against the slumping Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors, and they have a pretty easy schedule coming up. The Celtics have a pretty easy schedule coming up–the Celtics remaining oppenents have a .498 record. Their RPI is 15th in the league tied with the Lakers at .507. They’re expected to hover just above .500 at season’s end.
The Bucks, however, have an easier schedule than the Celtics. Their remaining opponents have a .494 record. Their RPI is still lower than the Celtics at .497–just below .500.
With their expectations so close in range the Celtics have very little margin for error. The Celtics absolutely do not want to have the 8th seed and end up facing the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. In order to make the Finals, they’d have to play them but they don’t want to do it so soon.
The Celtics can absolutley control their own destiny, but they’ve got to win enough to make sure that they Bucks don’t catch them. This is a battle tested team, so of course they can do it. But don’t be surprised if any curveballs were thrown and they ended up with the 8th seed when things are said and done.