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Boston Celtics Betting and Team Guide

A lot of people are looking for Boston Celtics betting opportunities throughout the NBA season and many of them lose money by the time it’s all said and done.

The purpose of this betting and team guide is to help you avoid such a fate. We’ve prepared plenty of key information about the franchise in general, but also betting odds, updates, and predictions for the current season.

Boston Celtics Betting in 2019-20

A successful approach to betting on the Boston Celtics in the 2019-20 season requires some preparation. Let’s take a look at some of the key points.

Latest Boston Celtics Odds for 2019-20

Boston Celtics to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+1000
Boston Celtics to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference +500
Boston Celtics to Win the 2020 NBA Atlantic Division -125

Boston Celtics Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 54-58 wins, perhaps reach the Eastern Conference Finals
  • Current Pick: no recommended bet
  • Last Updated: February 28th

Toronto is sitting with a slim one-game lead in the Atlantic Division, so there’s no way I can recommend laying -125 that the Celtics end up emerging. At the same time, Brad Stevens’ bunch has won 11 of their last 13 games and has separated themselves from Philadelphia.

If you trust Boston more than you trust the Raptors, go ahead and bet on the Celtics to win their division. If Toronto slips up at all and is passed by the C’s in the standings, Boston’s -125 odds to capture the Atlantic will be long, long gone.

Previous Boston Celtics Predictions

January 10th

  • Prediction: 53-56 wins, lose in the second round of Eastern Conference
  • Pick: no recommended bet

A little more than a month ago I was pretty gung ho about backing the Celtics to win the Atlantic Division at +350. However, I’m not as enthusiastic about the wager now that Boston is lurking at +110. Joel Embiid’s extended absence should open the door for the C’s to slide in, but I’m not convinced they’ll seize the opportunity.

Embiid didn’t play last night versus the Celtics and Philly still took care of business by a double-digit margin.

December 4th

  • Current Prediction: 54-57 wins and a top-4 seed in the East
  • Current Pick: To Win the Atlantic Division +350

With around 25% of the regular season in the books, Boston is riding neck-and-neck with the Raptors and the 76ers in the Atlantic Division. With that being said, backing Philly to scoop the division requires you to lay -150, while investing in the Celtics offers you tons of upside at +350.

October 8th

  • Prediction: 50 wins in the regular season
  • Pick: To Win the Atlantic Division +400

The price of the Celtics to win the Atlantic Division keeps rising and I’m not sure why. The team will have a healthy Gordon Hayward, a new leader in Kemba, and a bunch of youngsters that have everything to prove and tons of talent.

I still believe that the Celtics can challenge the 76ers for the division title. The odds are too good to miss and I can see the team winning 50 games.

Season Preview

Many expected the Celtics to fight for the title last season, but the team failed to reach the Conference finals. The lack of chemistry between Kyrie Irving and the young guns was obvious, but the superstar point guard is now gone.

Kemba Walker will take his place, and he is a true team player, so the likes of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will have a bigger chance to shine. On top of that, Gordon Hayward might actually show his true colors for the first time since his big injury.

Sure, the Celtics lost Al Horford, and he will be missed, but they have a bunch of players that should be able to improve. If the season goes well, the Celtics might actually be a contender.

The price of +275 for the Celtics to win the Atlantic Division is not bad at all. The Raptors, the Nets, and the Knicks look to be behind Boston right now, so the big rival here is the 76ers. Considering Embiid’s injury history and the changes in the roster, Philadelphia might need some time to gel, and this could open the door for the Celtics.

As for the Conference and the Championship, the team is probably not ready to challenge. The young stars will need at least one year to gather their confidence and become consistent enough.

Boston Celtics News and Updates

February 28th, by Michael Wynn

Kemba Walker might be the leader in the locker room, and Jaylen Brown is uber-talented. But make no mistake about it – Jayson Tatum is the best player on the Celtics.

Tatum’s play since the All-Star break has been spectacular – averaging 34.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per night. Most impressively, the former standout at Duke has connected on 55.9% of his three-point attempts.

Previous News and Updates

January 10th, by Michael Wynn

Kemba Walker is back in the lineup, Gordon Hayward’s left hand has healed, and Marcus Smart has overcome his scary eye infection. The Celtics finally have their roster intact and should start hitting their stride, which makes it peculiar that Boston has lost their past three games. Thankfully, the Celtics next three matchups are versus opponents with a combined record of 40-75.

December 4th, by Michael Wynn

Gordon Hayward’s broken left hand has been healing nicely. The 29-year-old swingman is hoping to be back in the lineup before Christmas, and all signs are pointing to that being the case. The good news is Kemba Walker is proving to be a much better leader than Kyrie Irving – which gives the Celtics a chance to make a deep run into June.

October 8th, by Jerry Summer

The start of the preseason was far from ideal, as the Celtics struggled against the Hornets. And yet, they had a lot of players that were part of the FIBA World Cup, so they are a bit behind in their preparations for the upcoming season.

It might take some time, but the Celtics should take off and win a lot of games this season.

July 6th, by Jerry Summer

The Boston Celtics have completed the deal for Kemba Walker. We all knew this was going to happen for a while, and the team now officially has another star point guard after Kyrie Irving didn’t return. It was one of the many sign and trade deals of the summer but was probably the biggest one.

The team lost Al Horford, though, and this will certainly impact the performance of the team. The Celtics will struggle to replace his presence on both ends of the court. Enes Kanter is the man that will have this task, but he is nowhere near as good as Horford.

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The Boston Celtics in 2019-20

Boston Celtics Roster in 2019-20

To make money from Boston Celtics betting, you most certainly need to know the roster of the team. Here are the names of the players that will be representing the franchise in the upcoming season.

  • Kemba Walker – Guard
  • Marcus Smart – Guard
  • Romeo Langford – Guard
  • Brad Wanamaker – Guard
  • Trey Davis – Guard
  • Carsen Edwards – Guard
  • Jonathan Gibson – Guard
  • Max Strus – Guard
  • Pierria Henry – Guard
  • Tremont Waters – Guard
  • Jaylen Brown – Guard
  • R. J. Hunter – Guard
  • Jayson Tatum – Forward
  • Gordon Hayward – Forward
  • Daniel Theis – Forward
  • Semi Ojeleye – Forward
  • Robert Williams – Forward
  • Semi Ojeleye – Forward
  • Grant Williams – Forward
  • Javonte Green – Forward
  • Demitrius Conger – Forward
  • Enes Kanter – Center
  • Tacko Fall – Center
  • Vincent Poirier – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

Here’s what we expect to see from the Boston Celtics lineup in 2019-20. The following players will most likely begin the team’s games.

  • Kemba Walker – Point Guard
  • Jaylen Brown – Shooting Guard
  • Gordon Hayward – Small Forward
  • Jayson Tatum – Power Forward
  • Enes Kanter – Center

The new boy Kemba Walker is the obvious starter at the point guard position. He is a selfless player that should be able to provide enough for the rest of the team as well as be one of the primary scorers on his own.

Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Jayson Tatum all provide good options in the offense, too, including outside shooting. Enes Kanter is great in the post, so this team will most certainly find ways to score.

If Hayward is anywhere near his best and the youngsters improve their game, the potential is truly fantastic. However, the defense of the Celtics won’t be as strong.

Kemba Walker puts in the effort but is undersized, while both Kanter and Hayward are not famous for their work on this end of the floor. Jayson Tatum is probably slightly above average, so the only truly strong defender is Jaylen Brown.

On the bright side, the coach Brad Stevens is known for his ability to build strong defensive teams. If he can get the best out of the starting lineup, the Celtics will probably be somewhat decent in this part of the game.

Depth and Bench

One of the strongest sides of the Celtics in the past couple of seasons was the bench. That won’t be the case in 2019-20 because the team lost some solid players like Terry Rozier and Aron Baynes.

Marcus Smart is the guy that will be doing a lot of work from the bench. He can contribute in pretty much every aspect of the game and is a key member of the roster. The likes of Daniel Theis, Carsen Edwards, Romeo Langford, and Robert Williams will all get some minutes.

This doesn’t seem like the strongest bench, as it lacks scoring potential. In fact, there is a case for leaving Gordon Hayward out of the starting lineup so that he can lead the second unit. Such a decision makes sense, but the early indications are that won’t happen.

If Hayward is indeed part of the starters, the Celtics will struggle to find enough points from the rest of the roster, and this might be a problem.

Boston Celtics Staff in 2019-20

One of the reasons why we rate the Celtics is the coaching staff. Here are the people that will lead the team.

  • Head Coach: Brad Stevens
  • Coaching Staff: Jamie Young (Asst. Coach), Jay Larranaga (Asst. Coach), Jerome Allen (Asst. Coach), Scott Morrison (Asst. Coach), Brandon Bailey (Asst. Coach), Joe Mazzulia (Asst. Coach), Kara Lawson (Asst. Coach)
  • Ownership: Wycliffe Grousbeck, Robert Epstein, Irving Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca
  • General Manager: Danny Ainge

Many believe Brad Stevens is one of the best young coaches in the NBA, and his early years for the Celtics prove that. He’s good at developing talent and building teams that can defend well. And yet, last season was something of a blip for Stevens.

He was able to squeeze a lot from his superstar Kyrie Irving individually but failed to develop chemistry between him and the talented young players of the Celtics. Some of the blame surely must go to the point guard, and I think Stevens won’t make the same mistake again.

Kemba Walker seems to be a much more selfless player, and he will finally relish the opportunity to receive enough help after some painful years from the Hornets. Stevens’ main job would be to make sure this team defends well and use the bench properly.

If he can succeed, the Celtics can actually have a solid regular season and earn a good seed for the playoffs.

Boston Celtics Schedule in 2019-20

The NBA schedule for the 2019-20 season is not out yet, but it will be crucial for your Boston Celtics betting activities. There are certain key moments during the campaign in which the schedule impacts the performance of any team. Once the dates are released, we will publish them here and share our expectations.

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Boston Celtics Overview and Key Info

The Boston Celtics have the longevity and record to make them one of the top NBA teams of all time. Along with the Knicks, the Celtics made their first appearance in 1946. They’ve remained as Boston’s team ever since.

When it comes to success on the court, the Celtics rank as number one. They’ve won 17 titles, which is nearly 25% of all NBA championships to date. The team also holds the record for the longest winning streak of any US professional sports team. From 1959 through 1966, Coach Red Auerbach, along with record-setting players like Bill Russell and Bob Cousy, led the Celtics to eight consecutive NBA championships.

Brad Stevens has been at the helm as head coach since 2013. Former NBA All-Star and Celtic player Danny Ainge is the general manager and President of Basketball Operations.

Boston Celtics – Key Info
Established
1946
Current Team Location
In Boston, Massachusetts, since 1946
Division
Eastern Conference – Atlantic
Arena
TD Garden
G League Team
Maine Red Claws in Portland, Maine
Website
www.nba.com/celtics
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$2.5 billion

Boston Celtics History

The Boston Celtics franchise dates back to 1946. They were one of the original 11 NBA teams and seven that lasted beyond the first season. The Celtics and the Knicks are the only two that have remained consistent in name and location since the beginning.

Along with the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins, the Celtics have played their home games at the TD Garden since 1995.

Championships

The last NBA championship for the Celtics was in 2007-2008 against the Lakers. The Celtics have faced the Lakers 12 times in the finals and have emerged victorious 75% of the time. When it comes to championship titles, the Celtics are number one in the league, with 17 trophies on the shelf.

Throughout the franchise’s history, the team has won 22 Atlantic Division titles and 21 Eastern Conference championships. But the Celtics are famous for their eight-game title-winning streak under famed coach Red Auerbach from 1959-1966. It’s still the longest championship title stretch in North American professional sports.

Big Three Eras

Celtics fans have witnessed three “Big Three” eras in the last three decades. The first was comprised of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. The three combined to win three championships in the 1980s (‘81, ‘84, and ‘86).

The second followed in 2008 with their last NBA championship to date and included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. In the era of rebuilding, general manager Danny Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens have tried to create a third winning combination with Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Al Horford.

After the failure in the 2018-19 season, Irving and Horford didn’t return to Boston and joined other teams as free agents.

Boston Celtics Championships and Playoffs

  • 17 NBA Championships: 2008, 1986, 1984, 1981, 1976, 1974, 1969, 1968, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1957
  • 21 Conference Titles: 2010, 2008, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1981, 1976, 1974, 1969, 1968, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957
  • 22 Division Titles: 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 1992, 1991, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972

Boston Celtics Home Court – TD Garden

  • Inaugurated: 1995
  • Renovated: 2014, 2009, 2006
  • Capacity: 18,624
  • Former Names: TD Banknorth Garden (2005-09); FleetCenter (1995-2005)

TD Garden is home to the Celtics as well as the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Both teams previously used Boston Garden, and each experienced more success in their former venue.

The arena includes The Sports Museum of New England, which focuses on the Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox. It’s built above Boston’s North Station, so commuters have easy access. Along with the Orlando Magic and their Amway Center, TD Garden is one of only two NBA arenas to maintain the tradition of using parquet floors.

  • Venue Address: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
  • Mailing Address: Boston Celtics, 226 Causeway Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
  • Phone: 617-854-8000 

Boston Celtics Head Coaches

John Russell was the first head coach of the Boston Celtics from 1946 to 1948. He left with a 42-66 regular season and 1-2 playoffs record.

Red Auerbach

Of the 17 coaches in the franchise’s history, Red Auerbach is the all-time wins leader. He’s one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history and led the Celtics to nine championship titles, nearly consecutive from 1956-57 through 1965-66, except 1957-58. Auerbach compiled a 795-397 regular-season win-loss for a .669 winning percentage. He was .608 in the playoffs with 90-58 throughout his 17 seasons (1950-1966). Red transitioned from coaching to serving as the team’s president and front office executive until his death in 2006.

Bill Fitch

Bill Fitch is another memorable name. He coached from 1979-1983, with a 1981 championship win. He was the 1979-80 NBA Coach of the Year and, like Auerbach, is one of the top 10 all-time NBA coaches. Fitch and K.C. Jones each posted a .700+ winning percentage in regular-season games.

Last 10 Boston Celtics Head Coaches
#YearsNameW-L%Playoffs%Championships
17 2013-Brad Stevens270-222.54927-29.482
162004-13Doc Rivers416-305.57758-46.5582008
152004John Carroll14-22.3890-4.000
14 2001-04Jim O’Brien139-119.53913-13.500
131997-01Rick Pitino102-146.411X-X
12 1995-97M.L. Carr48-116.293X-X
111990-95Chris Ford222-188.54113-16.448
101998-90Jimmy Rodgers94-70.5732-6.250
91983-88K.C. Jones308-102.57156-37.6021986, 1984
81979-83Bill Fitch242-86.73826-19.5781981

Brad Stevens is the current head coach and signed on in 2013. Butler was previously the head coach at Butler University. He broke the NCAA record for most wins in a coach’s first three years. He was also the youngest coach to make the Final Four twice.

Boston Celtics Last Five Seasons

SeasonCoachFinishW-L%PlayoffsPoints Leader (avg/game)
2017-18Brad Stevens3rd49-33.598Lost Second RoundKyrie Irving (23.8)
2017-18Brad Stevens2nd55-27.671Lost Conference FinalsKyrie Irving (24.4)
2016-17Brad Stevens1st53-29.646Lost Conference FinalsIsaiah Thomas (28.9)
2015-16Brad Stevens2nd48-34.585Lost First RoundIsaiah Thomas (22.2)
2014-15Brad Stevens2nd40-42.488Lost First RoundIsaiah Thomas (16.4)

Boston Celtics All-Time Career Leaders

CategoryNameStatsYears
PointsJohn Havlicek26,3951962-1978
Average Pts/GameLarry Bird24.31979-1992
Assists Bob Cousy6,9451950-1963
ReboundsBill Russell21,6201956-1969

John Havlicek

John Havlicek is a small forward and shooting guard who was the Celtics’ 7th overall pick in the first round of the 1962 NBA Draft. Havlicek (aka “Hondo”) played college basketball at Ohio State and was named an alternate to the US 1960 Olympics team. Multi-talented, he was also picked in the NFL Draft for the Cleveland Browns as a wide receiver.

During his first four seasons, the Celtics were consecutive NBA champions (1963-1966), and then four more came during his 17 years with the team from 1962-78. In ’74, he earned MVP status from the NBA finals. For 13 years in a row, Havlicek was an NBA All-Star.

He was also First-Team All-NBA for four years and five times named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Havlicek retired as the Celtics’ all-time points leader with 26,395 as well as 1,270 games played. His number 17 was retired by the team, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Larry Bird

Larry Bird is a well-known name throughout the basketball world. He was 1979’s national college player of the year at Indiana State, spent 14 seasons with the Boston Celtics as a small forward and power forward, coached four years with the Indiana Pacers, and represented the US in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Larry was picked by the Celtics in round one of the 1978 draft and named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1980.

Bird was a three-time NBA champion with the Celtics in 1981, ‘84, and ‘86 and the MVP for the finals in ’84 and ’86.

He’s a 12-time NBA All-Star, 1982 All-Star MVP, three-time NBA 3-point shootout champion, a two-time member of the 50-40-90 club in 1987-88, and member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. Bird retired his playing career with 21,791 points or 24.3 points per game, which is a Celtics record. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and also earned 1998 honors as NBA Coach of the Year.

Bob Cousy

The Celtics’ all-time leader in assists, Bob Cousy, was also the league-leader in assists for eight straight seasons. Cousy was the first-round, third overall pick by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks in 1950 out of Holy Cross College. But he didn’t show and was eventually picked up by the Celtics.

He spent the 1950-1963 seasons in Boston and was on six of the championship teams. Cousy was a 13-time NBA All-Star consecutively from 1951-63. He was named All-NBA First Team for ten seasons and was an eight-time NBA assists leader. The point guard was named to the NBA’s 25th, 35th, and 50th Anniversary Teams/All-Time Team. His Celtics retirement in 1963 was one to remember as he even received a wire from President John F. Kennedy.

After the Celtics, he played two seasons with the Cincinnati Royals and then went on to coach at Boston College and for the Royals. Cousy was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Celtics retired his number 14 jersey. In addition to doing some broadcasting work for Boston, Bob Cousy was also the first president of the National Basketball Players Association.

Bill Russell

Although Bill Russell was initially selected by the St. Louis Hawks as the first-round, second overall pick in the 1956 draft out of USF, he was immediately traded to Boston. He spent 15 years with the Celtics as a player (1956-1969), combined with four as a coach (1966-1969). The center entered the NBA with a long list of collegiate awards including two-time Consensus First-Team All-American but immediately made an impact in pro ball as well.

He’s an 11-time NBA champion, 12-time All-Star, and NBA’s MVP for five seasons. Russell was the league’s rebounding champion for four seasons and currently holds the franchise career record for rebounds with 21,620. Bill represented the US in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

After leaving the Celtics, he coached for the Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings. His number 6 was retired by the Celtics, and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Bill Russell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Celtics Trivia

The Celtics are homebodies. Along with the Knicks, they’re the only two NBA franchises to avoid relocation.

Chuck Cooper, signed by the Celtics in 1950, was the first African-American player in the NBA.

Eight championship years for the Celtics from 1959-1966 have still put the team on the map as holders of the longest championship-winning streak of any North American professional team.

Two of the NBA’s top 10 coaches in its history are from the Celtics: Red Auerbach and Bill Fitch.

The Celtics have played the Lakers a record 12 times in the NBA finals, defeating the Los Angeles team nine times.