Despite all bad luck, the Boston Celtics did a great job last year reaching the Eastern Conference Finals where they eventually lost to the LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Without Gordon Hayward who suffered a terrible injury in his first game in the Celtics uniform that ruled out him for the rest of the 2017-18 season, Brad Stevens guys finished second in the East with a 55-27 record (27-14, 28-13), four wins behind the division rival Toronto Raptors. Kyrie Irving missed the last 15 games of the regular season plus all 19 playoff games, so the Boston Celtics made it to the Eastern Conference Finals without their All-Stars.
Irving and Hayward are both ready for the 2018-19 season which set the Celtics as the No. 2 favorites to win the NBA championship with the odds at +450 on BetDSI Sportsbook. All futures and season props for the Celtics are already available, so we’ll take a closer look and see what’s the best odds for the bettors along with the latest news.
Boston Celtics Futures Odds
Win Total Over/Under at 58.5: Over -110; Under -110
To Win the Atlantic Division at -130
To Win the Eastern Conference at -105
To Win the NBA Championship at +450
To Make NBA Playoffs: YES -10000, NO +2500 (Bet365 Sportsbook)
Boston Celtics Player Movement
Draft: Robert Williams (No. 27 Pick)
Added: Bred Wanamaker (free agency)
Lost: Greg Monroe (signed with Toronto Raptors), Shane Larkin (signed to play in Turkey), Abdel Nader (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder)
Unrestricted Free Agent: Jonathan Gibson
At the 2018 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick, and the 21-year old center will be a backup for Al Horford and Aron Baynes. Williams played two solid seasons at Texas A&M, recording 11.1 points and 8.7 rebounds, establishing himself as a great finisher and rebounder with an impressive athleticism. Robert’s leaping ability and nice footwork should help him to become a game changer at the defensive end, but he needs to work hard and stay patient, as arriving at the title contenders could limit his minutes.
The Celtics decided to sign the 29-year old playmaker Brad Wanamaker who spent the last six years playing around Europa. Last year, he was a member of the Turkish champions Fenerbahce where he averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game on 41.0% shooting from the field. Wanamaker is a versatile guy who can also play at shooting guard and should be a solid support for the Celtics’ backcourt.
Boston Celtics 2018-19 Roster
The Celtics kept all important players from the previous season that carried on the team when both All-Stars were sidelined and no one could expect to see them in the conference finals. Gordon Hayward played just five minutes in the opening game of the season against the Cavaliers, and it was a huge blow for the Celtics losing a one-time All-Star who averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3,5 assists two years ago. Kyrie Irving played 60 games with 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game on 49.1% from the field, and losing Uncle Drew for the whole post-season was another stroke.
However, some young guns stepped up to lead the Boston Celtics past the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The rookie Jayson Tatum performed like he’s been around the league for years, averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 35.9 minutes per game while shooting 47.1% of the field and 84.5% from the free-throw line. Tatum played 80 games in the regular season, averaging 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists, playing with the confidence of the matured player. The 3rd pick overall from the 2017 NBA Draft has a bright future, and Jayson should be only better in the upcoming season.
The sophomore guard Jaylen Brown made a remarkable improvement last year, averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game which is a huge leap from 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in his rookie season. In 18 playoff games, Brown recorded some serious numbers, averaging 18.0 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 51.9% for two and 39.3% from beyond the arc. The 23-year old playmaker Terry Rozier was Kyrie’s backup for the most of the season, averaging 11.3 points and 2.9 assists on 39.5% shooting from the field, but in the playoffs, he upgraded his game to the next level recording 16.5 points and 5.7 assists on 40.6% shooting from the field.
The veteran center Al Horford was playing well during the whole 2017-18 season, averaging 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 31.6 minutes per game. Horford also improved his numbers in the post-season, recording 15.7 points, and 8.3 rebounds, doing a great job at the defensive end with 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. Horford presence in the paint is essential for the Celtics, although Al is not a physically dominant player. His backup, the 31-year old Aron Baynes, started 67 games last season after Gordon Hayward’s injury, but in this term, Baynes should be coming off the bench.
The power forward Marcus Morris played an important role last year, averaging 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting 36.8% from downtown. Morris is a strong defender and a nice stretch-four who will continue to contribute, as Brad Stevens can use him in different lineups. The 24-year old combo guard Marcus Smart will be another key member of the Celtics’ rotation due to his elite defending, but Marcus is a guy who does it all for his teammates. Last year, Smart averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Has certain problems with his shooting, but Smart is a pure energizer that fits perfectly in Brad Stevens’ system.
Players Under Contract:
Kyrie Irving (PG), Terry Rozier (PG), Brad Wanamaker (PG)
Jaylen Brown (SG), Marcus Smart (SG), Jabari Bird (SG)
Gordon Hayward (SF), Jayson Tatum (SF), Semi Ojeleye (SF)
Marcus Morris (PF), Daniel Theis (PF), Guerschon Yabusele (PF)
Al Horford (C), Aron Baynes (C), Robert Williams (C)
Win Total Prediction and Betting Picks
With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back on the floor, the Celtics shouldn’t have any problems to surpass the record from the previous season when they won 55 games. The Celtics had the best defensive rating in the league, allowing 103.9 points to their opponents per 100 possessions while winning one game more away from home. Their 18th best offensive rating (107.6) should only improve this season, so I think the Celtics will beat the line at 58.5 games, while I’m backing them to win at least 60.
Wagering on the Boston Celtics and beating the spread should be a nice option for the bettors this season, but it still doesn’t mean the Celtics will win the Division title alongside the Sixers and the Raptors, despite the fact they are -130 favorites on 5Dimes Sportsbook. If they stay healthy and retain the same team spirit from the previous season, the Celtics could easily win the Eastern Conference, but winning the NBA championship at +450 is a completely different story. However, it is not the impossible mission, for sure, as the Celtics possess top quality and depth in their rotation, while they also have a brilliant coach in Brad Stevens.
The Pick: Over 58.5
Prediction: NBA Finals