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NBA News: Handicapping the 2014 Boston Celtics Win Total

Boston Celtics

October 1, 2014

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Here we will give a quick rundown of the 2014 Boston Celtics win total that was set at 26.5 games.

Last year the Celtics won 25 games without Rajon Rondo for much of the season, which on the surface makes this win total look promising if you’re considering backing the over. However, Rondo is already going to miss a few weeks of the season due to hand surgery and will likely be traded at some point in the year due to an expiring contract. So, the Celtics are likely going to be without their star point guard for much of the season once again. That makes rookie Marcus Smart the Celtics starting PG, and while I think Smart has the potential for a promising career, he’s still a first-year player and is sure to go through some serious growing pains before fully maturing into a consistent starter.

NBA News: Handicapping the 2014 Boston Celtics Win Total


In a league that’s dominated by elite point guards, the Celtics are already at a disadvantage. The Celtics also still don’t have a go-to scorer, which is the reason they were 26th in the league last season in points per game. Jeff Green and Avery Bradley showed promise last year, but it’s going to take a lot more than those two guys if the Celtics are going to better than a season ago.

It’s no secret that there’s not a lot of talent on this Celtics roster, and there’s also not a lot of leadership. Rondo is Boston’s best player and should be the leader, but he still comes off with this negative vibe and has never seemed interested in a leadership role. The Boston Celtics are just a bunch of guys playing together but aren’t quite yet a team. There’s still a lot of missing pieces before the Celtics can take that next step and even think about 30 wins.

The Celtics play decent defense and have a bright mind at head coach in Brad Stevens, but there’s really nothing for Boston fans to be excited about this season. Boston is much better off at tanking once again and hoping for another high lottery pick to help turn this historic franchise around.

I’m betting that the Boston Celtics win under 27 games.

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