Entering the game, the Raptors sit down in the second seed in the East with a 44-17 record , while the Celtics occupy the 5th spot with a 37-23 record. The match-up between the two teams is the 4th and final of the regular season, as the Raptors won the first meeting back in October, but the Celtics have come out victorious in the two most popular meetings. With another win, the Celtics will take the season series against their rivals to the North, while the Raptors causes it to be an even split on the season with a win.
The Celtics enter their final regular season match-up with the Raptors far from where they want to be . Entering the season , many expected the Celtics to get away with the East, after they were just one win short of a Finals overall look last season. However, chemistry and then injury issues have prevented the Celtics from reaching their full potential, as they would not even have home-court advantage in the 1st round if the postseason started today. A big win against the rival Raptors could go a long way towards getting the Celtics back on track for their final playoff roll.