Are the Celtics a Safe NBA Betting Pick to Win the 2018 Championship?
Trusting the NumbersFirst and foremost, I like the C’s to get past Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals after witnessing their Game 1 demolition of LeBron James and company. The Celtics appear to have the much deeper roster, outside of James of course…and I like the fact that Boston has absolutely ‘no fear’ whatsoever, unlike the fearful Toronto Raptors. While Boston was fairly moderate in terms of scoring during the regular season, they’ve been a lot more dangerous since the start of the postseason. Boston ranked an uninspiring 20th in scoring (104.0 ppg) during the regular season while also ranking 21st in field goal shooting percentage (45.0%). Surprisingly, Boston was one of the best three-point shooting teams around in ranking an encouraging second in three-point shooting (37.7%) although again, that should be tempered with some moderation, seeing as how they rank 17th in free throw shooting (77.1%). The best thing about Boston this season – and something we’ve seen them display during their run to the confer3ence finals is a swarming defense. Boston ranked third in points allowed this season (100.4 ppg), second in field goal shooting defense (44.0%) while leading the league in defending the three-point shot (33.9%). Boston was also equally as adept at winning on the road (28-13) as they were at home (27-14). While the Celtics are without all-star Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, they’ve done more than adequate at filling their absences.
- Average Score For: 20
- Offensive rebounds: 21
- Offensive Field Goal Percentage: 21
- Average Score Against: 3
- Defensive rebounds: 8
- Defensive Field Goal Percentage: 23