Vegas Over/Under: 56.5
The Record Projection: 52-30 of fromal The Bet: Under with confidence
We are operating under precisely the same premise that directed Vegas to set the over/under at 56.5 wins: Kyrie Irving is presently a member of the Boston Celtics, since the onus is on the Cleveland Cavaliers to veto a trade that is close to processing.
Until this situation is resolved, we’ll be factoring in a changing of the guard from Isaiah Thomas to Irving, in addition to the departures of both Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic.
Boston went through tumult that was too much that this offseason. Few members of the last year’s squad stay, which is always problematic in a league which has so many benefits gleaned from preexisting chemistry.
Talented as Gordon Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum along with the other novices may be, they will undergo an inevitable adjustment period that prevents them from running away with the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
Plus, we can not overlook what they lost.
Avery Bradley was a crucial piece on both ends of the floor. The best-case situation for Boston is that replacing him with Marcus Morris is a wash. But there’s no way to replicate what Crowder brought to the proverbial table; the C’s were 11.5 points per 100 possessions better on the floor.
This group will be among the very best from the East, competing throughout the entire year for billing. By the time the playoffs roll around, the Celtics could be the favorites to advance to the NBA Finals and finish LeBron James’ reign of terror.
Just do not be surprised when they go through some hard times .
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