The Boston Celtics are back in the NBA playoffs with hopes of staying around a little longer.
The Celtics, who finished the season as the Eastern Conference’s No. 5 seed with a 48-34 record, will take on the No. 4 seed Atlanta Hawks in a first-round playoff matchup.
Atlanta is the favorite on paper and won three of its four games against Boston this season, but the Celtics enter the playoffs on a positive note after Wednesday’s huge comeback win over the Miami Heat.
This series will kick off at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Saturday night in a nationally-televised affair on ESPN. The Hawks will host Games 1 and 2 and Games 5 and 7, if necessary, while TD Garden will be the site of Games 3 and 4 and Game 6, if necessary.
Here’s the full series schedule.
Game 1 at Atlanta: Hawks 102, Celtics 101
Game 2 at Atlanta: Hawks 89, Celtics 72
Game 3 at Boston: Celtics 111, Hawks 103
Game 4 at Boston: Celtics 104, Hawks 95 (OT)
Game 5 at Atlanta: Hawks 110, Celtics 83
Game 6 at Boston: Thursday, April 28, 8 p.m. ET
*Game 7 at Atlanta: Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m. ET
Thumbnail photo via Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) and Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) go up for the tipoff to start their game at Philips Arena.
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