2017-2018 NBA Previews – Celtics Odds
Looking for 2017 Boston Celtics Predictions? We’ve got your back. The Boston Celtics had another disappointing end to their season last year. After getting the number one seed in the Eastern Conference they had some injuries during the post season and those ultimately cost them the chance at the NBA finals.
Boston Celtics Season Preview
Head Coach: Brad Stevens
2017-17 Record: 53-29
Celtics Odds to NBA Title: +1600
Celtics Odds to Win Conference: +260
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So what did they do to try and get past the Cavaliers this year?
They brought in Gordon Hayward in free agency and then traded Isiah Thomas to Cleveland to get Kyrie Irving. They hope that these trades will be the difference in them making it past Cleveland to finally get back to the NBA Finals.
Boston Celtics Strengths:
The biggest strength for the Boston Celtics is just the pure talent that is on this team. They added Kryie Irving and Gordon Hayward to go along with Al Hortford who was already on the team.
They also brought over Marcus Morris over from Detroit and took Jason Tatum from Duke in the draft. Jalen Brown has had another off season to improve after a decent rookie season and there is not many teams in the league who can match up with the talent of this roster.
Kyrie wanted to be the star of a team and he can be the leader of this team. Most expect he will take another step forward this year not having to be LeBron’s sidekick.
He is a scorer who has been very clutch over the years. I would look for the ball to be in his hands down the stretch of the games when the Celtics need a score.
With all the players listed above this team is going to have no issue scoring points this year. They have a good mix of outside and mid range shooting that is going to be very hard to defend.
One of the other big strengths for this team is their head coach, Brad Stevens. He is one of the brightest coaches in the game and he has won many of games with his out of timeout and last second play calls.
Players seem to love to play for him, and he has done a great job of getting the best out of his players.
Boston Celtics Weaknesses:
As good as the Boston Celtics look on paper they do have a couple of weaknesses, that could upend the success they are looking for this season.
This team is pretty new in terms of playing with each other, and there could be some growing pains early in the season.
They have had all off season to work on it, but it will still take some time for everyone to get into a rhythm and find out how everyone likes to play.
The issue that they are going to have to deal with all season is their front court play. The tallest front court players is under seven foot and they are probably going to get out rebounded in a lot of games.
Now they will be able to go small a lot which should be an advantage against some teams, but when they need to go big to match up against teams they are probably going to have a lot of issue making that happen.
Boston Celtics Betting Prediction: 57-25
Vegas has set the over/under at 56.5 for this team which I think is right around where this team will finish.
They are going to need to get out to a strong start for that to happen though and they can’t really have any issues with figuring out how to play with each other.
I think they will finish the regular season with 57 wins and be able to cover the over.
In the playoffs though I think they will once again make it to the Eastern Conference finals, and once again fall short.
The Cavaliers still have LeBron James and they have some big guys that the Celtics are going to have some trouble matching up.
This will be a mostly successful season for the group, but once again will end in a lot of disappointment.
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