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Doc Rivers and the C's have a daunting schedule ahead to close out the regular season.Who would be the Celtics' best first-round foe? Pacers? Magic? Maybe the Heat? It doesn't seem to matter much to Doc Rivers and his players.
For the Celtics, any desire to maintain their recent stranglehold on the division title is complicated by two matters: (1) The 76ers already own the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of winning the first two of three meetings between the teams; and (2) Boston has a far more daunting schedule the rest of the way (and hasn't exactly feasted on the brass of the league to this point). The Celtics' remaining opponents own a .554 winning percentage, the strongest remaining slate in the Eastern Conference, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Meanwhile, the 76ers' opponents own a mere .453 winning percentage, the second easiest remaining schedule. Only Milwaukee, which hopes to bump Boston from the postseason, is easier at .442.