- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.