NBA schedule 2012: Celtics play back-to-back vs. Sixers, Bucks

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Celtics hope to improve on a relatively mediocre start with a pair of winnable games, one against a divisional foe and one against a team that has already beaten Boston quite comfortably on the young season.

The Boston Celtics will play a back-to-back against an Atlantic Division opponent and a team that's already beaten them when they play the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks Friday and Saturday nights.

Boston's start to the season hasn't been ideal: a blowout loss against the Miami Heat, a game they weren't close in against the Bucks, and a pair of too-close-for-comfort wins against the cellar-dwelling Washington Wizards, one in overtime.

They'll have a chance for a pair of victories here: the 76ers are still banking on continued incredible shooting from Jrue Holiday to win without Andrew Bynum in the lineup, and the Bucks have not looked good since their easy victory over Boston, squeaking out a win against Cleveland and getting dominated by Memphis. The teams provide a pair of different styles for the Celtics: Milwaukee plays with the second highest pace int he league and a defensive-minded Philadelphia brings the third slowest while averaging the fewest points in the league.

Here's a look at Boston's upcoming schedule:

Friday, Nov. 8, vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m., Comcast Sports-New England

Saturday, Nov. 8, at Milwaukee Bucks, 8:30 p.m., Comcast Sports-New England

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