The Boston Celtics are back in the NBA Playoffs and are looking to hang Banner 18. Celtics odds are available to bet on below. Boston opened this season season as +600 championship favorites after losing to the Warriors in six games in the Finals the previous year.
The Celtics are currently facing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Celtics versus Heat game lines, series prices and props are available to bet on below.
The Celtics have an elite young core led by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with key veterans like Al Horford and Marcus Smart to provide leadership. Head coach Joe Mazzulla took over right before the season when previous head coach Ime Udoka was suspended by the team after his first year. The current postseason run includes series victories over the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Boston Celtics odds
View updated Boston Celtics odds below. Click to bet now. The Celtics were +130 to win the NBA title on May 29.
Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals is taking place at the TD Garden on Monday, May 29. The Celtics are heavy favorites over the Heat on the NBA futures board. The Boston Celtics are looking to become the first team in NBA history to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0. Tatum is averaging 27.8 PPG and 10.5 RPG during this year’s NBA Playoffs while Jaylen Brown is scoring at a 22.8 PPG clip. The Miami Heat are led by Jimmy Butler and his 28.5 PPG.
The Celtics versus Heat Game 7 odds are Celtics -7.5 with a total of 203.5.
Celtics versus Heat series odds
Mazzulla’s Celtics entered the Eastern Conference championship series as a heavy -525 favorite. Celtics versus Heat series odds have now shifted to Celtics at -295 and Heat at +245.
Celtics NBA title odds
Last year, the Celtics navigated a tough Eastern Conference to make the Finals and they face another tough gauntlet this season with the Bucks likely to hold onto the No. 1 seed and home court advantage. The Celtics have an excellent postseason record against the 76ers, another contender, and they took down the Bucks in 7 games last May with Tatum leading the way. The Celtics NBA title odds are currently .
- Malcolm Brogdon: The 31-year-old point guard is a leading candidate for Sixth Man of the Year with averages of 14.7 PPG and 3.7 APG over his first 65 appearances with Boston. Brogdon became the first second-round pick since 1965 to be named Rookie of the Year during the 2016-17 season. He starred for the Bucks and Pacers before getting traded to Boston this offseason.
- Jaylen Brown: The Cal product has improved throughout each of his seven NBA seasons and he could snag a spot on the All-NBA team this postseason. An elite two-way player with the ability to score at three levels, Brown averaged 23.1 PPG with a +73 plus/minus rating during the playoffs last year.
- JD Davidson: The 6-foot-1 rookie out of Alabama was taken 53rd overall this past draft and has appeared in 10 games this season, topping out at 7 minutes during a blowout win over the Spurs on March 26.
- Danilo Gallinari: The 35-year-old veteran from Italy was another key acquisition for Celtics GM Brad Stevens this offseason, but Gallinari tore his ACL during the preseason and is considered a longshot to be activated in late May during the postseason.
- Blake Griffin: Another veteran addition at 34 years old, Griffin has a ton of postseason experience and can play in spurts as a solid defender with a 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame.
- Sam Hauser: The 6-foot-7 undrafted free agent has been a surprisingly big part of the Celtics depth this season with a 123 individual offensive rating over 76 games, including five spot starts when Boston has rested starters. Hauser is an elite shooter and underrated defender.
- Al Horford: With over 1,000 career games under his belt, the 37-year-old center is the most experienced player on the Celtics roster. Horford turned back the clock with some memorable performances during Boston’s run to the Finals last season, including a 30-point game to lead the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bucks.
- Mfiondu Kabengele: The 6-foot-10 center out of Florida State was taken 27th overall in 2019 and has played a very minimal role in limited action for the Celtics this year.
- Luke Kornet: At 7-foot-2, Kornet is one of the tallest players in a modern NBA that is built around speed and spacing. Mazzulla has been able to use him strategically as a rim protector and rebounder when the Celtics are struggling to guard the paint.
- Mike Muscala: The Celtics acquired Muscala at the trade deadline from the Thunder and he fits into their rotation as a solid 6-foot-11 center with some shooting and playmaking ability.
- Payton Pritchard: Pritchard was one of the best high school and college players in Oregon history and he’s been an excellent backup guard at the NBA level, but he’s struggled to crack Boston’s rotation with so many good options in the backcourt.
- Marcus Smart: Now in his ninth season after being taken sixth overall by the Celtics in 2014, Smart is the emotional leader of the team and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He’s dealt with some injuries this season and is an inconsistent shooter, but his passing and defense are invaluable for Boston.
- Jayson Tatum: After struggling in the Finals last June, Tatum came out of the gates on fire this season and was the MVP frontrunner through the first two months. He’s averaging 30.3 PPG and a career-high 4.6 APG this season and could become the first Boston player in history to average over 30 points in a season.
- Derrick White: Brad Stevens executed a great move at the deadline last season by prying White away from the Spurs to help bolster Boston’s depth before the playoffs. The 6-foot-4 point guard is another elite defender and key connective playmaker with one of the best plus/minus ratings on the team this season.
- Grant Williams: At Tennessee, Williams dominated offensively, but the 6-foot-6 power forward is more of a connective playmaker and solid defender at the NBA level. Williams specializes at taking charges and getting into the chest of huge wins, including Giannis Antetokounmpo.
- Robert Williams III: Few players can match Williams in terms of potential, but he’s dealt with chronic knee and hamstring injuries in his first few seasons. The 6-foot-9 center has a 7-foot-6 wingspan and a fantastic knack for blocking shots and snagging offensive rebounds.
Who are the best players on the Celtics?
Jayson Tatum is considered one of the best 10 players in the NBA and the 25-year-old out of Duke is having a career-best season that should land him on the first or second All-NBA roster with a shot to finish fourth in MVP voting.
Because he’s been overshadowed by Tatum at times, Jaylen Brown has flown under the radar at times over the past few seasons. He’s also an elite two-way player with a rapidly improving offensive game and an aggressive mindset that helps pick up the Celtics offense when Tatum is struggling.
Marcus Smart is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and the engine behind the Celtics offense with a high basketball IQ and a good knack for getting his teammates in position to score.
Malcolm Brogdon is one of the more consistent shooters in the NBA and he posted a 50/40/90 season with the Bucks in 2018-19. Brogdon has dealt with injuries in recent years but has been relatively healthy for the Celtics this season.
Al Horford is a competitive veteran with a reliable 3-point shot and a great defensive presence that makes him invaluable in matchups against the big scorers in the Eastern Conference.
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Celtics 2022 – 2023 season
The Celtics started the 2022-23 season on an historic pace with the best offensive rating in league history through two months. They held the top spot in the Eastern Conference until the All-Star break, and were passed by the red-hot Bucks in March as they dealt with some late-season malaise. Boston demolished the Bucks in Milwaukee on March 30 to assert their primacy in that rivalry and the Celtics have won four straight regular season matchups against the 76ers, so they’ve been at their best when the games have had heightened implications.
- New GM Brad Stevens traded for Derrick White at the trade deadline last season, adding a valuable backup guard that helped the Celtics win the Eastern Conference
- The Celtics traded five players and a 2023 first-round pick to the Pacers for Malcolm Brogdon this offseason, parting ways with promising young wing Aaron Nesmith and veteran Daniel Theis among others.
- The Celtics signed veteran Danilo Gallinari to a two-year deal in July, but the 6-foot-10 forward tore his ACL before the beginning of the season.
- After trading for Luke Kornet in 2021, the Celtics re-signed the big man on a two-year deal this offseason.
- Boston acquired 6-foot-10 center Mike Muscala from the Thunder for two second-round picks and forward Justin Jackson ahead of the trade deadline in February.
- In February the Celtics removed the interim tag on head coach Joe Mazzulla and named him head coach.
These moves have helped shore up the Celtics defense by adding depth behind oft-injured center Rob Williams III and offering a bridge for the franchise when Al Horford potentially retires in the coming years. It could easily be argued that adding White and Brogdon has given Boston the deepest backcourt in the NBA. Both were starters and stars on their previous teams and both are now backing up Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown with the potential to close games when the matchups dictate. The Celtics biggest issue in the Finals last year was a lack of scoring off the bench, and Brad Stevens addressed that with the trade for Brogdon.
Boston Celtics betting
Betting on Celtics odds and specific Boston NBA games is possible from a variety of angels. The simplest way to bet on a game is to take the moneyline, which offers varying odds on a team to win depending on expectations. If the Celtics are favored, they will be assigned a negative number on an NBA point spread, so if they’re home favorites against a rebuilding team like the Hornets, you might see a line of Celtics (-11.5) with a moneyline value of -280, indicating that it would take a $28 bet on the Celtics’ moneyline to cash a $10 profit. Bettors can also look at the over/under in Celtics games, which is presented as a number for the total points to be scored by both teams. A typical point total in the NBA regular season is around 230.5 points, and bettors can select over or under that total.
These bets can be combined into a parlay, which offers a greater payout if all the selected bets cash together, but the parlay pays out nothing if one of the bets fails. A safer way to combine bets is by using a teaser, which moves multiple lines in a desired direction and offers an even payout (listed as +100 odds). If you wanted to take the Celtics spread and the over, you could tease the Celtics to -7.5 from -11.5 and tease the total down to 226.5 points to get +100 odds on both bets hitting.
Futures bets refer to the long-term results of a player or team. For example, the Celtics are currently getting +320 odds at DraftKings to win the NBA Championship. Betting $100 on Boston to win it all right now could pay out $320 if they win the title in June. There are also futures markets on conference seeding, win totals, and the odds of teams to make the playoffs.
Player proposition bets offer a market on individual performances instead of team performances. There are over/under lines set for points, rebounds, assists, and even 3-pointers for most players on a given night. Jayson Tatum is often projected to score 28.5 points with varying odds on him to go over or under that total as determined by which result oddsmakers believe is more likely.
Game spreads, totals, and player props change throughout the game and online sportsbooks offer an easy path for live betting on these markets. The spread will change based on which team is winning, the total will change based on the pace and scoring rate early in games, and player props can change based on the performance of a player early in the contest.
Celtics Franchise History
From 1957-1969, Bill Russell and coach Red Auerbach led the Celtics to 11 championships during what is often considered the most dominant stretch in modern American sports. Boston’s success continued in the 1970s with two titles under the leadership of John Havlichek, Dave Cowens and others. In 1978, the Celtics took Larry Bird sixth overall and the Indiana State product led them to titles in 1981, 1984, and 1986. The 1986 Celtics were widely considered to be one of the best teams ever assembled. After Bird retired in 1992, the Celtics went through 15 years of poor results until GM Danny Ainge traded for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to create a star-studded core that won a championship in 2008. The Celtics have mostly been in contention since then, with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum leading Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals in four of the last six seasons.
The Celtics have NBA title odds. Jayson Tatum and company have been NBA Championship favorites throughout most of 2023.
Jayson Tatum is considered by most to be the best player on the Boston Celtics. Jaylen Brown is also considered one of the top players in the NBA.
The Boston Celtics have 17 NBA titles. That is tied for most in NBA history with the Los Angeles Lakers.