By now, you know that we have to keep track of the Nets, Suns, and Timberwolves win totals because the Celtics own the Nets’ 1st round draft pick. Also, we have to focus on the win totals for the Mavericks, Trail Blazers, Rockets, and Jazz because of the Mavs’ draft pick that the Celtics got in the Rajon Rondo heist. Tonight is far more important for the Celtics than just the game against the Raptors because of those ever important draft picks.
First, the Lakers play the Suns in Pheonix tonight. The Suns are horrendous, hence they don’t get a ton of chances to win basketball games. Tonight is one of the nights that they not only should win, but need to win for the C’s. They beat the Lakers last weekend in Los Angeles, and the Lakers played last night and the Suns didn’t. Also, D’Angelo Russell might not play because of a bruised shin that he suffered last night, and if he does play, he likely won’t play his best basketball. No excuse for the Suns to lose this one.
In Portland, the Blazers host the Mavs. Neither team played last night, but the Mavs are without Chandler Parsons due to his knee injury. Portland is a very tough place to play, as the Blazers are 21-12 at home this year. The Mavs are just 15-18 on the road this season, and I’ll be pissed off if Dirk Nowitzki pulls yet another game out of his keister.
Don’t just pay attention to the Celtics and Bruins game that are in progress. Those games are obviously the most important ones to watch tonight, but make sure that you pay attention to Lakers-Suns and Mavericks-Trail Blazers. You should never care about a pair of Western Conference games that involves non-contenders as much as you care about these games.