Vegas Over/Under: 56.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 52-30 The Bet: Beneath with confidence
We’re operating under the exact same premise that led Vegas to place the over/under in 56.5 wins: Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics, since the onus is on the Cleveland Cavaliers to veto a trade that is close to processing.
Until that situation is solved, we are going to be factoring in a changing of the guard from Isaiah Thomas into Irving, in addition to the departures of Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic.
Boston went through tumult that was much this offseason to enjoy roster continuity. Few members of last year’s squad stay, which is always debatable in a league that has so many advantages gleaned from preexisting chemistry.
Talented as Gordon Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum and the other newcomers might be, they’ll go through an inevitable adjustment period that prevents them from running away with the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
Plus, we can not forget what they lost.
Avery Bradley was a piece on the two ends of the ground. The situation for Boston is that replacing him with Marcus Morris is a clean. But there is no way to replicate what Crowder attracted to the proverbial table; the C’s were 11.5 points per 100 possessions better on the floor.
This squad will still be one of the best in the East, competing during the 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 don’t be surprised when they go through some hard times first.
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