Boston Celtics Season Win Total and Team Preview

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 2:04 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 2:04 PM UTC

With their two big acquisitions from last season coming in to 2018-19 healthy, the sky is the limit for this young and talented Celtics team. Can they live up to (or exceed) expectations and make it to the NBA Finals?

2017-18 Record: 55-27

2017-18 ATS Record: 62-37-2

(Bovada) 2018-19 Season Win Total: (58.5)

(Bovada) Odds To Make Playoffs: (-5000)

(BetOnline) Odds To Win Division: (-120)

(BetOnline) Odds To Win Eastern Conference: (-110)

(BetOnline) Odds To Win NBA Championship: (+600)

ATS Outlook

Including the playoffs, the Celtics were the best bet of any of the 30 NBA teams last season ATS. Without Gordon Hayward for the entire year and without Kyrie Irving for most of the second half, the Celtics were undervalued by the sportsbooks and bettors alike.

However, can we expect that to continue this season? With Hayward and Irving healthy and no LeBron James in the East, the C’s are pretty big favorites right now to come out of the East. While they deservingly should be, there are a few other teams that could surprise a lot of people in the East.

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This makes betting on the Celtics ATS a lot tougher this season. They are going to be favorites in almost all of their home and/or conference games this season, and at least half of their road games too.

The Celtics haven’t had this much hype since they acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the summer of 2007. However, while at first glance that could have made Boston overvalued ATS, in 2007-08, the Celtics went 66-40-2 ATS, which also led the league. Plus, they were only 14-12 ATS in the playoffs, so if that trend returns this season, Boston could be a great value ATS with the East depleted some.

How Can They Dethrone The Warriors?

The million dollar (or +600) question is; can Boston beat the Warriors in a seven game series if it came to that? The travel for both teams could be an issue, and if we assume that Boston breezes through the East while the Warriors have to fight in the West, there is always a chance that Boston could beat Golden State.

However, it would have to be the Warriors at less than 100 percent. If DeMarcus Cousins comes back and is his normal, dominant self, there is little chance the Celtics could best the Dubs. Cousins is the x-factor in all of this. The Celtics have great wing and guard defenders to throw at Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. However, Al Horford and Aron Baynes would stand little chance one-on-one versus Cousins in a seven game series. This is especially true if Cousins isn’t a lesser version of himself after his Achilles injury.

The Celtics are a great story before the season even starts but barring a big trade to bring in another piece, they are not in the Warriors’ league as currently constructed.

That being said, this team is easily the most talented in the East, and I could see them winning a ton of games, but 59 or more is a little too bullish on this team right now.

Official Pick: UNDER 58.5 Wins (+125) @ Bovada

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