It is more than a little frustrating to be locked up at home with no sports to watch and wager on. We are all adopting a wait and see attitude and hoping that this coronavirus scare blows over sooner rather than later. There is currently no return date being floated by the NBA, although there is talk that we are potentially looking at May before we get to see the players return to action. Whether that is to play out the remaining season and playoffs remains to be seen, as it may end up simply being a truncated version of the season that goes into play. Everything is up in the air at the moment, but what we can talk about is the games that have already been played. We are going to be looking at all the teams in the NBA and how things have gone for them this season, so let’s get the ball rolling with the Boston Celtics. Here’s an overview of the Boston Celtics 2020 season so far with NBA Odds and NBA Championship Odds.
NBA Boston Celtics 2020 Season Analysis
Boston Celtics Season So Far
The Boston Celtics had, by their own admission, a bit of a down season last year, winning a total of 49 games. They are currently sitting at 43-21 this year, so well on pace to surpass that total from last season. Given that we all had an idea that the Milwaukee Bucks might dominate in the Eastern Conference this season, Boston were realistically looking at the #2 seed in the conference. They are sitting in the #3 slot right now, 3 games back of the Raptors in second. Boston has been solid both at home and on the road. They have gone 23-9 in their own building this season, while compiling a 20-12 record away from home. They are 27-10 in conference play, but they have struggled a little in their division, going 7-6.
Boston Celtics Key Season Stats and Personnel
Much like the Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics are relying heavily on their work on the defensive end of the court to get the job down. That is not to suggest that they are poor offensively, as their 113.00 PPG has them in 11th in scoring. Jayson Tatum is at the top of the scoring stats for the Celtics, averaging 23.6 PPG. He is joined by Kemba Walker, who has 4.9 assists per game to lead that category for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward leads in FG% at 50.2.
As mentioned earlier, the Celtics have been very good in their own end of the court, holding opponents to an average of 106.8 PPG, which is good enough for second in the NBA in that category. Enes Kanter is leading the way for the Celtics in rebounding with 7.7 per game. Marcus Smart is the leader in steals, while Daniel Theis leads the way in blocks per game.
How do the Bookies View the Toronto Raptors?
The Boston Celtics are one of only three teams in the east to have clinched a playoff spot at this point, so they do need to be considered a legitimate threat. All roads are likely to run through Milwaukee, so the Celtics are still a bit of a longer shot at +1500.