The Boston Celtics will be facing off against the Indiana Pacers in what is touted to be a preview of a first-round playoffs matchup in the Eastern Conference.
Both teams are currently tied for the fourth spot in the East with a 47-32 record, and Friday night's contest might determine which team will have a homecourt advantage entering the playoffs.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens certainly appreciates the gravity of this regular-season matchup, and has said that in order for Boston to take the victory, his team will need to play even better than they did the last time these two teams went against each other.
Brad Stevens on tonight’s rematch with the Pacers, with homecourt in the first round of the playoffs on the line: “I think we have to play better than we did last week if we want to have a chance to beat them.”
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) April 5, 2019
The last time the Celtics took on the Pacers was on March 30, with the C's coming away with a razor-thin 114-112 victory. Kyrie Irving took game honors, scoring a game-high 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting, along with three three-pointers, two rebounds, five assists, and three steals. He will need to be on his game again on Friday if he hopes to lead his team to another victory.
After taking on Indiana, the Celtics will have two more games before the regular season comes to an end. They are slated to take on the Orlando Magic at home on Sunday, and will be closing out the season with a road game against the Washington Wizards.
The third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers have lost their last three games, and are now just two games ahead of Boston, so at this point, the Celtics can actually still end up with a top 3 finish in the East.