According to Celtics broadcaster Sean Grande, this marks the second time since 1988 the Celtics have secured the top spot in the East (they also did so in 2008).
Although the Celtics split the regular-season series with the Bulls, history suggests that matchup is favorable for head coach Brad Stevens' squad.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Bulls are 3-14 all-time against the Celtics in the postseason, which is their worst record against any opponent. Furthermore, all three of those wins came in overtime back in 2009.
|Celtics vs. Bulls Regular-Season Series|
|October 27||Bulls 105, Celtics 99|
|November 2||Celtics 107, Bulls 100|
|February 16||Bulls 104, Celtics 103|
|March 12||Celtics 100, Bulls 80|
Looking ahead, the No. 1 seed should help the Celtics if they can avoid an upset and pave a path toward an Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers—who settled into the No. 2 seed and a first-round date with the No. 7 Indiana Pacers.
While the Cavaliers won a conference-best 31 games at home, they were a lackluster 20-21 on the road and were outscored by 2.4 points per 100 possessions in those contests, according to NBA.com's stats database.
Those numbers may wind up being an afterthought if the Cavs can consistently summon the effort that allowed them to romp the Celtics 114-91 on April 5 at TD Garden, but they're worth keeping in mind as the postseason gets underway.
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