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The Boston Celtics have proven that life without Kyrie Irving will not be a problem in their bid to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in nine years. Irving moved on after two unsuccessful seasons in Boston that were blighted by injury and discontent in the locker room. His departure has lifted the malaise around the franchise, while his replacement Kemba Walker has hit the ground running.
Strong Contenders in Betting Odds
Irving’s excellence on the court from the point guard positon has not been missed. Walker has provided the same impact in points scoring, producing clutch moments early in the campaign for his new team. The 29-year-old has been on point from distance as well as mesmerizing opposing players with his skill in and around the net.
Walker’s form along with that of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have narrowed the Celtics’ odds to win the Eastern Conference, although they remain behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers in the minds of bookmakers. Their NBA betting odds of +600 with bet365 are intriguing and provide good value given their impressive start to the campaign.
Brad Stevens’ men have been steadily improving during his tenure with the franchise, albeit the last term was a disappointment with their failure in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Their price will only narrow so it’s a good opportunity to utilize a sign-up bonus, with bet365 matching your deposit up to $200. For a team of the Celtics’ caliber it could be a worthwhile investment.
888sport also offer the same price for Boston to advance the NBA Finals through the Eastern Conference. Their sign-up bonus matches up to $250 of your deposit, highlighting the potential for gains should the Celtics maintain their form. Betway offer a similar offer so there is value to be found for betting on NBA if you’re able to shop around, while ensuring you get the best odds for Stevens’ men to win the Eastern Conference. They’re the value pick to take on in the Eastern Conference given their talent, although there will be challenges ahead for the team.
Potential Issues That Could Affect Potential Bets
The first problem with betting on the Celtics will be the health of the team. Boston do not boast as much depth as previous seasons following the departures of Irving, Al Horford and Aron Baynes, who were all significant members of the side last season. Gordon Hayward was playing at an All-Star level before he suffered a broken hand. He will return at Christmas, but his loss has cranked up the pressure on Walker, Brown and Tatum to remain on the court. All three players are rising to the occasion at the moment, but another injury could prove to be fatal to Celtics’ fans betting hopes for the top seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage throughout the post-season.
Although Walker has been a hit thus far, there will be questions raised by bettors as whether he can raise his game in the heat of a playoff battle. The 29-year-old has limited experience of the post-season in his time with the Charlotte Hornets and it remains to be seen when he gets the chance that he can perform under the ultimate pressure. Brown and Tatum have been on the rise and showed their playoff credentials in the 2017/18 season, only to be denied a Finals berth by the brilliance of LeBron James.
Hayward’s return will be crucial to the mix along with the tenacity of Marcus Smart in defense. There is a lot to be hopeful about for the Celtics this term in their bid to top the Eastern Conference and their early-season form is more than encouraging, but they’re not beyond fault, and the bookmakers will be keeping an eye on them.