Boston Celtics Betting
The Boston Celtics are a wild card this NBA season making them an intriguing team for online betting. Boston switched up its lineup but despite maintaining the same NBA conference odds and NBA Championship odds, the ceiling may be a bit higher for “Gang Green.”
Boston Celtics Betting Outlook
- Championship Odds: +4000
- Conference Odds: +1600
- Division Odds: +850
The Boston Celtics are running it back. Sort of. After an onerous 2021-22 season, Boston reshuffled its roster and let All-Star guard Kemba Walker go while bringing back big men Al Horford and Enes Kanter along with a new point guard in Dennis Schroder.
Boston’s odds have not improved that much as they are still a distant third in the division and sixth in the conference. Still, at -600 to make the playoffs, Boston can still be considered an outside threat, especially if some of the top teams in the East falter.
The most important thing for Boston would be for All-Star swingman Jaylen Brown to get healthy. He missed the last part of the season and the playoffs. The silver lining is how Jayson Tatum blossomed in a feature role. If the duo can continue elevating their game and the new additions become productive, Boston has a shot at a top-four spot in the East.
Celtics 2021-22 Predictions
- Regular Season Record: 45-37
- Conference Standing: 6th
- Division Standing: 3rd
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Tatum is the team’s franchise player and he took a big step last season. The 23-year-old averaged career numbers in points (26.4), rebounds (7.4), and assists (4.3). The two-time All-Star finished the season on fire and inserted himself in the MVP consideration. If he can keep playing like he did after the All-Star break, Tatum could cash those +2000 odds as MVP.
As great as Tatum has been for Boston, there is a solid case to be made that Brown was the more important player. The 24-year-old also had a career season and cracked the All-Star Game, the first of his career. Brown put up career-highs: 24.7 points, 2.8 three-pointers a game, and a 19.9 PER.
Last but not least, Marcus Smart remains one of the team’s leaders thanks to his locker room presence. His fire is beginning to rub off on Tatum and Brown.
Boston entered the 2021-22 season fresh off an NBA Conference Finals appearance. They were still considered a title threat in the East even with the emergence of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Boston took a big step back, finishing at 36-36 and well below their 44.5-win projection.
Injuries were partly to blame as every key player on the roster missed significant portions of the season. The Celtics lost to Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs. But Boston also had a subpar record on the spread: going 38-40 and only 21-25 as a favorite.
Against their division rivals, Boston only went 5-12 and 4-13 against the spread (ATS). It went 0-6 against Brooklyn and Philadelphia and lost two of its three games against the Knicks. If Boston wants to move up the standings this coming season, it will need to do find ways to beat the winning teams in its division.
Al Horford, center, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder, guard, Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Richardson, guard/forward, Dallas Mavericks
Juancho Hernangomez, forward, Minnesota Timberwolves
Enes Kanter, center, Portland Trail Blazers
Kemba Walker, guard, New York Knicks
Kris Dunn, guard, Memphis Grizzlies
Evan Fournier, guard/forward, New York Knicks
Tristan Thompson, center, Sacramento Kings
Semi Ojeleye, forward, Milwaukee Bucks
Carsen Edwards, guard, free agent
Juhann Begarin, guard, Paris Basketball
For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Celtics will not be coached by Brad Stevens. He will instead be overseeing the team as President of Basketball Operations, replacing Danny Ainge. Ime Udoka will be the team’s coach.
This will be Udoka’s first time as a head coach. He previously served under three different coaches but most notably under Gregg Popovich and the Spurs. Udoka helped them reach consecutive NBA Finals, winning one.