Vegas Over/Under: 56.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 52-30 The Bet: Under with confidence
We’re working under the exact same premise that led Vegas to set the over/under in 56.5 wins: Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics, since the onus is on the Cleveland Cavaliers to veto a trade that is near processing.
Until that situation is resolved, we are going to be factoring in a changing of the guard from Isaiah Thomas into Irving, as well as the departures of Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic.
Boston went through tumult this offseason to relish roster continuity. Few members of the last year’s team stay, which is always debatable in a league which has numerous advantages gleaned from preexisting chemistry.
Talented as Gordon Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum along with another newcomers might be, they’ll go through an inevitable adjustment period that prevents them from working out with the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
Plus, we can not overlook what they lost.
Avery Bradley was a piece on both ends of the floor. The situation for Boston is that replacing him with Marcus Morris is a clean. But there’s no way to replicate what Crowder attracted to the proverbial tablethe C 11.5 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor.
This squad will still be among the best from the East, competing throughout the entire year for top billing. By the time the playoffs roll around, the Celtics could be the favorites to advance to the NBA Finals and finish LeBron James’ reign of terror.
Just don’t be surprised when they go through some hard times .
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