Predicting every Boston Celtics game in December 2017

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 30: Al Horford
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The Boston Celtics are the best team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, and they’ll likely continue that dominance during the final month of 2017.

The Boston Celtics are sitting pretty at 19-4 after a month and a half of the NBA season. As December begins, the C’s will look to begin another long winning streak to maintain their control in the East.

Boston will play 17 games this month, beginning with a Saturday matinee against the Phoenix Suns at home. The holiday feeling will also fill the TD Garden this month, as the Celtics will face the Washington Wizards on Christmas Day and the Brooklyn Nets on New Year’s Eve.

Dec. 2 v. Phoenix Suns: W

Boston should have no problem handling this Phoenix team. The Suns have a ton of talent on their roster, but it isn’t all put together yet. Kyrie Irving and Al Horford will dominate this one. Look for Kyrie to go for over 30 points like he did in the last game against the Sixers.

Dec. 4 v. Milwaukee Bucks: W

This game will be tough against the Greek Freak, but Boston should be up to the task. The Celtics got the W over the Bucks in October, but Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Boston will have to find a way to slow him down.

Dec. 6 v. Dallas Mavericks: W

Dec. 8 at San Antonio Spurs: L

San Antonio is finding their way, and they’ll become a better team as the season goes on. They’re third in the West right now, and that’s without Kawhi Leonard. It looks like he will be back fairly soon, and he could be a factor in this matchup.

Dec. 10 at Detroit Pistons: W

Boston will want to avenge their loss to the Detroit Pistons and Avery Bradley on the road. The Celtics are the better team, but Andre Drummond is a freak on the court. Boston may have to get a little physical with Marcus Morris or Aron Baynes banging away at Drummond.

Dec. 11 at Chicago Bulls: W

Dec. 13 v. Denver Nuggets: W

Dec. 15 v. Utah Jazz: W

Dec. 16 at Memphis Grizzlies: W

Dec. 18 at Indiana Pacers: W

Dec. 20 v. Miami Heat: W

Dec. 21 at New York Knicks: W

Dec. 23 v. Chicago Bulls: L

This could be a trap game. Brad Stevens would argue otherwise, and he’ll try to keep his team focused on each game, but the players could be looking ahead to the Christmas Day matchup with the Wizards.

Dec. 25 v. Washington Wizards: W

This should be a fun game. The rosters may have changed a bit, but I’m sure Celtics fans still hate Kelly Oubre, and he likely hates Boston. The Morris brothers will clash in this one as well, adding a new element to the rivalry.

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Dec. 27 at Charlotte Hornets: W

Dec. 28 v. Houston Rockets: L

James Harden is almost unstoppable. The Celtics will keep this game close, but in the end, Harden will takeover to beat Boston at home.

Dec. 31 v. Brooklyn Nets: W

The month of December will end on a high note. After a disappointing loss to the Rockets, the Celtics will find a way to dominate this game and earn a blowout win.

December Record: 14-3

Overall Record: 33-7

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Overall, the Celtics will have a very strong December. They will likely lose no more than 5 games in the month, and they should stay atop the Eastern Conference. Boston is still coming together, and that’s crazy to think about. As this team heads into 2018, they will be on a collision course with the NBA Finals. There is no doubt in my mind that they will again be the #1 seed in the East, but this time they’ll make it count as they take down the Cleveland LeBrons.