Three eye-opening Celtics schedule trends through first 25 games

The Celtics are tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the best record in the NBA (20-5), so they are going on a West Coast swing. 

For the first time since 2016, they swept a five-game homestand and are 14-0 at home with a team-record 21-game home winning streak dating to last season.

Here are a few details about the Celtics' 2023-24 schedule so far and their upcoming slate that explain their early-season success and could lead to future success.

Like we said, the Celtics have one of the NBA's toughest schedules. The Simple Rating System ranks Boston first in the league.

Average point differential and opponent strength to date. Ranking Power Guru ranks Boston's first 25 games fifth-toughest in the NBA.

That includes almost every team in the Eastern Conference: Boston's first 25 games have all been against teams from the East.

The Celtics have done very well in this early test: they're 14-4 against teams ranked above them.500, which is the best record in the NBA, and 19-4 against the East.

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