Tonight the Boston Celtics host the Detroit Pistons in what should be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Detroit took the first meeting in Boston, 87-85. The Celtics then took revenge, beating the Pistons on their court, 92-85.
While the teams have a .500 record against each other, both continue to beat up the rest of the NBA.
Boston sports the best record in the league, 46-12, and Detroit is right behind them with 44-16.
Some experts think that if the Celtics and Pistons were Western Conference members, their records would be a little different. But so far Boston is 18-3 against the West, and Detroit is 16-8.
I think we’d all be surprised if the Eastern Conference finals didn't run through Boston or Detroit. Mainly because the rest of the conference is nine games or more behind, with only a month left in the regular season.
However, there is one glaring stat that most may be overlooking: if the game is decided by three points or less, the Celtics are 5-6 while the Pistons are 5-2. But if the game is decided by 10 points or more, the Cs are 29-1, while Detroit is 28- 7.
That said, if the Celtics have a double-digit lead, you can just pack it in. Keep it close, and you have a chance.
This is the final meeting for these two teams in the regular season.