Boston's New Additions Equal a Dynasty in the Making: Season Wins Update

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, October 15, 2017 1:40 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 1:40 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics will get to test drive all the shiny new additions to their roster on Tuesday night but will the team lack chemistry or will sheer talent lead them to the Promised Land this season? Let's review the NBA odds for Boston's total wins for the 2017 season and deliver a winning ticket to be cashed in April.

New Arrivals

Kyrie Irvin was the league's biggest offseason splash and the talented forward landed right on the shores of Boston Harbor. The Celtics had to cast a long and wide net to hook the biggest fish they've landed since Kevin Garnett back in 2007. In exchange for the 25-year-old phenom, the Green sent point guard Isaiah Thomas, small forward Jae Crowder, 2016 first-round pick Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn's unprotected first-round pick in 2018. You've got to give a lot to get a lot and Boston is hoping that one superstar is worth the payload they delivered to Cleveland.

Lost in the shuffle was the arrival of another All-Star in Gordon Hayward who arrived via free agency to tip the balance of power in the Eastern Conference. The 27-year-old small forward eschewed the overtures from the only professional team he's ever known, the Utah Jazz, to come to Boston and form a powerhouse with Al Horford and ultimately Kyrie Irvin to compete with Cleveland in the East and Golden State, Houston, and San Antonio in the West.

The Celtics have built a corps of impressive young talent through the draft which includes Jaylen Brown, Guerschon Yabusele, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart. The Green also added German star Daniel Theis, veteran forward Marcus Morris and center Aron Baynes to back up Horford. But with the notable exception of Irvin, the buzz in Boston focuses around the 2017 third-overall pick in the draft, Duke product Jayson Tatum. Celtics' General Manager and bona fide horse trader Danny Ainge wheeled the first pick in the draft to the 76'ers in return for their third-overall pick (which turned into Tatum) as well as Philly's first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019. Tatum has drawn comparisons to Carmelo Anthony and former Celtic Paul Pierce. We will see soon enough if those lofty expectations are fulfilled by the St. Louis native.

Great Expectations

Nate Silver, the analyst considered a political swami and creator of the website FiveThirtyEight, has predicted that the Celtics will win 47 games this season. If that prediction is as successful as his presidential prognosis last year which forecast Hillary Clinton as our next president, then Boston fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. There is simply too much talent on the Boston roster to have a season on par with last year's Oklahoma City Thunder (sans Kevin Durant) or two games back of the 2016-2017 Washington Wizards. Only a barrage of injuries or a typhus calamity in the locker room will derail this group from notching at least 50 wins.

As of this writing, three days before the Celtics' opener against the Cavaliers, the NBA odds makers at 5Dimes are dealing the Shamrocks' win total at 55 (U -165/O +145). In other words, if you believe the Celtics will go under 55 wins you must bet $165 to win $100 but if you like them to go over 55, $100 will net you a return of $145. My money is on the over as this team has 60 win potential and is poised to knock King James off his throne. Include Over 55 (+145) Boston victories in your NBA picks before the season tips.

Free NBA Pick: Over 55 (+145) Boston Wins
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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