The Boston Celtics had high expectations entering the 2022-23 NBA season, which has not changed with the Celtics starting the season 6-3.
Boston lost to the Golden State Warriors in 6 games in last year’s NBA Finals, and with the team’s core still intact while adding some strong complementary players such as Malcolm Brogdon, anything less than a Championship will be seen as underachieving this season.
Below I will look at the futures odds for some popular bets on the Celtics season.
The odds are from sportsbooks for Americans, so anyone betting from Boston should be able to find similar odds on each futures bet.
To Win NBA Championship
The Celtics are +600 to win the NBA Championship
The Celtics are 6-1 to win the 2023 NBA Title. This has them as the second favorites to only the Milwaukee Bucks (+550), who have started the season undefeated (9-0).
There is a lot of parity at the top of the NBA this season, which allows you to bet on favorites, such as the Celtics, at relatively long odds compared to previous years.
To Win Atlantic Division
The Celtics are -200 to win the Atlantic Division.
The Celtics have odds of -200 to finish atop the Atlantic Division this season. This means that if you think the Celtics win the division more than 67% of the time, then there’s value in betting on the Celtics at these odds.
The Raptors, Nets, and 76ers are all quality teams who could win the division on paper, but the Celtics are the rightful favorites if their core players can stay healthy.
Total Wins Over/Under
Celtics over 52.5 wins -135
Celtics under 52.5 wins +105
The Celtics finished with 51 wins last season after a very strong regular season. As much as the Celtics look like a better team this year, the Atlantic Division (and the Eastern Conference as a whole) is very strong, and it’s going to be difficult to finish with 53+ wins.
Last season, the Miami Heat finished with a 53-29 record, and they were the only team in the Eastern Conference to finish with 53+ wins, and they are in a much weaker division than the Celtics.
To Make Playoffs
The Celtics are -8000 to make playoffs
The Celtics are +1650 to miss playoffs
The oddsmakers have the Celtics as basically a lock to make the playoffs. I agree with these odds. It would take some major injuries for the Celtics to miss the playoffs this season. I think it would take at least two long-term injuries to key players such as Tatum, Brown, or Smart to keep the Celtics from the postseason this year.
If you’re interested in betting on any of these markets, check out this how-to bet on the NBA in Massachusetts page for a straightforward guide outlining how to place these NBA bets.
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