Vegas Over/Under: 56.5
The Record Projection: 52-30 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with confidence
We are operating under 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 trade that is close to processing.
Until this situation is resolved, we’ll be factoring in a changing of the guard from Isaiah Thomas into Irving, in addition to the departures of both Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic.
Boston went through tumult that this offseason. Few members of the last year’s team stay, which is always problematic in a a league that has numerous benefits gleaned from preexisting chemistry.
Talented as Gordon Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum and the other novices 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 lost.
Avery Bradley was a piece on both ends of the ground. The scenario for Boston is that replacing him is a clean. But there is no way to replicate what Crowder attracted to the proverbial table; the C 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 high billing. By the time the playoffs roll around, the Celtics could be the favorites to advance to the NBA Finals and end LeBron James’ reign of terror.
Just don’t be surprised when they go through some tough times .
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