NBA Playoff Picture: Stat Gives Celtics Hope of Catching Bucks for No. 1 Seed

Take it from Malcolm Brogdon: The Boston Celtics have their sights set on catching the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.

"I think when Milwaukee took the No. 1 seed from us after the break, (it was) sort of a shock to us that we had dropped because we had created some separation between us and them," Brogdon told reporters Sunday night.

"And that's something we want. We want the No. 1 seed. I think this team understands the importance of having home-court advantage in the playoffs. So that's something we're going after."

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Is that a realistic goal, though? The Bucks own a 1.5-game lead over the Celtics with just eight games remaining and are 24-4 since Jan. 23. What are the odds that Milwaukee drops multiple games down the stretch while Boston wins most (if not all) of its final seven games?

They might be better than you think. Here's a look at each team's remaining games:

  • Celtics: at Wizards, at Bucks, vs. Jazz, at Sixers, vs. Raptors, vs. Raptors, vs. Hawks
  • Bucks: at Pistons, at Pacers, vs. Celtics, vs. Sixers, at Wizards, vs. Bulls, vs. Grizzlies, at Raptors

And here's a look at each team's combined record against their remaining opponents:

  • Celtics' record vs. remaining opponents: 12-2
  • Bucks' record vs. remaining opponents: 13-8

Boston is undefeated versus four of its final six opponents, its only losses coming on the road to Milwaukee (in overtime) on Feb. 14 and on the road to Utah on the second night of a back-to-back on March 18.