Celtics Still a Contender in Basketball Playoffs Betting

January 11th, 2024 Live NBA Betting Lines

Basketball Playoffs betting includes the Boston Celtics and their veteran team led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. The Celtics took the first two games of their series against Miami and covered the NBA betting line in both contests. Basketball Playoffs betting in the Eastern Conference favors Cleveland and Orlando but Boston is still a contender.  The Celtics have proven that when they are on their game they are a very difficult team to beat. The key is getting full efforts from all of the star players.  The concern with Boston is that they could get weary as the playoffs continue. It is an older team that could wear down.

The Celtics were not a good team at home during the regular season but in the series against Miami they won and covered the spread in the first two games.  The Celtics were a good team on the road vs. the point spread in the regular season as they went 21-19-1.  At home they were 12-28-1.  How things can change once the playoffs begin.  The Celtics were a team that went over the total in basketball betting a little more at home than on the road.  That is the one thing that has continued in the playoffs as the first two games against Miami in Boston went over the total.

Boston was a below average team on offense during the regular season but they have been pretty good in the playoffs.  Their regular season numbers had them averaging just 99.2 points per game which was just 19th in the league.  Their defense was pretty good though as they allowed 95.6 points per game, 5th best in the NBA.  Boston doesn’t always get consistent scoring so they need to play solid defense. In the series against Miami the Celtics played solid defense and surprisingly the scoring has been good.

Boston is listed behind Cleveland and Orlando in terms of basketball playoffs betting odds in the Eastern Conference.  The Celtics also have higher odds to win the NBA title than the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.  The problem for the Celtics is that they will have to get by either Cleveland or Orlando to reach the NBA Finals or they might even have to get past both teams.  That is not a pleasant prospect and one that is probably too difficult for this Boston team.


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