Boston
Celtics
Stadium TD Garden
49-33 Overall | EASTERN 4th
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Atlantic Division112.4108.0
Schedule
Preseason
Sun  10/6
vs
Charlotte
6:00pm
Fri  10/11
@
Orlando
7:00pm
Sun  10/13
vs
Cleveland
3:00pm
Tue  10/15
@
Cleveland
7:00pm
Regular season
Wed  10/23
@
Philadelphia
ESPN7:30pm
Fri  10/25
vs
Toronto
7:00pm
Sat  10/26
@
New York
NBAt7:30pm
Wed  10/30
vs
Milwaukee
ESPN7:30pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford their projected win total dropped significantly from 51 down to 44. With Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter and improved chemistry they are back up to a 48 win projection. Their odds to win it all are 25/1, 3.8% (#9). They are a good bet to win the championship (5.3 percent chance). They are also a good bet to win the East at 15/2, 11.8%. Their sim chance is 14.2%. Our projection is leaning on them to win under 49.5 games. The Celtics are averaging 48.6 wins per sim. At -1400 the Celtics are a good value to make the playoffs with a 98.5% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 9/2, 18.2%. They win the division in 18.9% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the East.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Their 49-33 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their game-by-game odds projected record was 52.1-29.9. They were not good against the spread going 38-42-2 (-820 loss). They went over 47 times and came in under 35 times. Based on computer simulations they only have a 38% chance to beat the 76ers in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

SHOOTING (STRENGTH): This is an above average shooting team with a true FG% of 56.6% (#10 in League). They average 112.4 pts per game vs an expected average (based on pre-game odds) of 111.3. On the road they average 110.7 (109.6 expected), and at home 114.1 ppg (112.9 expected).

DEFENSE (STRENGTH): They are an above average defensive team holding opponents to 54.9 true FG% (#6 in League). They allow 108 pts per game vs an expected value of 106.8. They are allowing 108.6 (107.6 expected) on the road, and at home 107.3 ppg (106 expected).

REBOUNDING (WEAKNESS): They are outrebounded by opponents by 1.1 per game (#20 in league).

TURNOVERS (STRENGTH): Their average turnover margin is 1.7 per game (#5 in league).

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Kemba Walker who is projected to be the #10 Guard. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
7 Brown, Jaylen SG6-722010/24/19963California
29 Edwards, Carsen PG6-019903/12/19980Purdue
--- Fall, Tacko C7-628912/10/19950Central Florida
--- Green, Javonte SG6-522007/23/19930Radford
20 Hayward, Gordon SF6-822503/23/19909Butler
11 Kanter, Enes C6-1125005/20/19928Kentucky
45 Langford, Romeo SG6-621510/25/19990Indiana
37 Ojeleye, Semi PF6-724112/05/19942Duke; Southern Methodist
--- Poirier, Vincent C7-025510/17/19930No College
36 Smart, Marcus PG6-422003/06/19945Oklahoma State
--- Strus, Max SG6-621503/28/19960DePaul
0 Tatum, Jayson SF6-820803/03/19982Duke
27 Theis, Daniel PF6-824304/04/19922No College
8 Walker, Kemba PG6-118405/08/19908Connecticut
9 Wanamaker, Brad PG6-421007/25/19891Pittsburgh
51 Waters, Tremont PG5-1117201/10/19980Louisiana State
40 Williams, Grant PF6-724011/30/19980Tennessee
44 Williams, Robert C6-1024010/17/19971Texas A&M