Vegas Over/Under: 56.5
The Record Projection: 52-30 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with confidence
We’re working under precisely the same assumption 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 near processing.
Until this situation is resolved, we’ll 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 this offseason to relish roster continuity. Few members of last year’s squad stay, which is always debatable in a a league which has numerous benefits gleaned from preexisting chemistry.
Talented as Gordon Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum and the other newcomers might 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’t overlook what they dropped.
Avery Bradley was a piece on the two ends of the ground. The situation for Boston is that replacing him Marcus Morris is a wash. But there’s no way to replicate what Crowder attracted to the proverbial table; the C’s were 11.5 points per 100 possessions better with him on the ground.
This group will still be one of the very best from the East, competing throughout the year for billing. From the time the playoffs roll around, the Celtics could even 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 tough times .
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