NBA Basketball

Bucks host Celts as top East teams clash

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Although the Thursday matchup between the visiting Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks features the teams with the two best records in the NBA, some of the sizzle surrounding the game disappeared when the Celtics lost 130-111 to the short-handed Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

Many figured the Thursday game would go a long way toward determining the No. 1 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs, but that seems less likely now since the Celtics (52-24) trail the Bucks (55-21) by three games with six games remaining in each team's regular season.

"It's not something we can overly control," Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said when asked about the No. 1 seed following the Tuesday loss. "We could have won this game and still not get the No. 1 seed. We can lose this game and get it. I don't really know how it's going to happen because we can't control that."


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2 N. Jokic, DEN11.9
3 G. Antetokounmpo, MIL11.8
4 R. Gobert, MIN11.7
5 C. Capela, ATL11.2
6 N. Vucevic, CHI11.1
7 J. Embiid, PHI10.2
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5 M. Turner, IND2.26
6 J. Embiid, PHI1.73
7 M. Robinson, NYK1.67
8 K. Porzingis, WAS1.55
9 E. Mobley, CLE1.48
10 I. Jackson, IND1.43
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