Vegas Over/Under: 56.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 52-30 The Bet: Beneath with confidence
We’re operating under precisely the exact same assumption that directed Vegas to place 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 transaction that’s near processing.
Until that situation is solved, 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 that this offseason to enjoy roster continuity. Few members of last year’s team remain, which is always problematic in a league which has numerous advantages gleaned from preexisting chemistry.
Talented as Gordon Hayward, Irving, Jayson Tatum and the other novices may 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 dropped.
Avery Bradley was a piece on both ends of the floor. The best-case scenario for Boston is that replacing him is a wash. But there’s no way to replicate what Crowder attracted to the proverbial table; the C 11.5 points per 100 possessions better on the ground.
This group will still be among the best in the East, competing during the year for top billing. By the time the playoffs roll around, the Celtics could even be the favorites to advance to the NBA Finals and end LeBron James’ reign of terror.
Just don’t be surprised when they go through some hard times .
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