The Boston Celtics have been knocking on the door of an NBA championship for several seasons now. Celtics odds showed them as +400 to win the NBA title at the start of the season. Joe Mazzulla’s crew have a season long win total projection of around 54.5 wins at most sportsbooks.
The C’s made history this offseason by dishing out the largest contract in NBA history to Jaylen Brown, worth $304 million over five years. On top of re-signing Brown to the supermax, Boston also traded Marcus Smart to Memphis in a deal that landed them Kristaps Porzingis from Washington. Boston also landed PG Jrue Holiday via a trade with the Trail Blazers. The team is doubling down on its offensive-minded approach although they have lost plenty of defensive toughness with Smart now with the Grizzlies and with Grant Williams now in Dallas.
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Additions: Jrue Holiday (trade), Kristaps Porzingis (trade), Jordan Walsh (draft)
Subtractions: Robert Williams III (trade), Malcolm Brogdon (trade), Marcus Smart (trade), Grant Williams (trade)
Here is the current roster for the Boston Celtics.
Celtics 2023-2024 Schedule
Here is the Celtics complete schedule, including a Christmas Day matchup at the Los Angeles Lakers.
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.
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 are tied with Milwaukee Bucks as NBA championship favorites at most sportsbooks.
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.