06 Oct Boston Celtics
Vegas Over/Under: 56.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 52-30 The Bet: Under with confidence
We are working under precisely the exact same assumption that led Vegas to set the over/under in 56.5 wins: Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics, because the onus is on the Cleveland Cavaliers to veto a transaction that’s near processing.
Until this situation is resolved, we are going to 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 this offseason to relish roster continuity. Few members of last year’s squad stay, which is always problematic in a league that has numerous benefits gleaned from preexisting chemistry.
Talented as Gordon Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum along with the other newcomers may be, they’ll undergo 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 dropped.
Avery Bradley was a vital piece on both ends of the floor. The best-case scenario for Boston is that replacing him with Marcus Morris is a clean. 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 ground.
This squad will still be among the very best from the East, competing throughout the entire year for top 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 .