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Boston Celtics Odds - With healthy Garnett, Celtics still team to beat in East

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/4/2014 4:11:07 AM

The Boston Celtics odds have been lapped by the Cleveland Cavaliers odds, but the reality is that a healthy Celtics roster still reigns supreme. After all, online betting fans know that the Celtics have a championship ring and the Cavaliers do not. With a healthy Kevin Garnett, the Celtics should be ready to take over the East once more.

Boston Celtics Odds: +455 to win NBA Championship

  • Garnett has looked healthy and strong in training camp
  • Celtics big three could expand to big five if Rondo and Perkins continue to grow
  • Celtics added Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels in the offseason

Boston Celtics odds maker breakdown: STARTING FIVE
Although Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are moving into the twilight of their careers, the Boston Celtics still have what is arguably the best starting five in the NBA. Not only do the Celtics rock three All-Stars, they also have Rajan Rondo, who was Mr. Triple Double in the playoffs last year, and Kendrick Perkins, who is a very underrated center. NBA betting fans know that when this team is focused and healthy, they are hard to beat.

Boston Celtics odds maker breakdown: BENCH
The Celtics bench was a weakness last year but it should be greatly improved for a couple of reasons. The team added Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels, who are two versatile veterans that will help them out in the front and back court. On top of that, the Celtics saw some significant growth from Glen Davis last year, and if second-year players like Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens can grow, this team will be very complete.

Boston Celtics odds maker breakdown: OFFENSE
The Celtics have a very dynamic offense with many versatile weapons. Garnett, Allen and Pierce are all capable of scoring at least 20 per game while Wallace, Daniels and Davis can all chip in another 10-15 points. The player that could put them over the top, though, is Rajan Rondo. His vision improved greatly last year as his assists per game jumped from 5.1 to 8.2. Sportsbook odds makers know that if he plays like he did last year and if the big three haven’t fallen off, this will be the best team in the NBA.

Boston Celtics odds maker breakdown: DEFENSE
When the Celtics won the Championship two years ago, they were built on defense. For them to be as dominant once again, Garnett needs to be healthy. If he is, this will be one of the best defensive teams in the league. If he’s not, then the Celtics won’t have much of a chance of winning the Championship. He’s their heart and soul on defense.

Boston Celtics odds maker breakdown: COACHING
The Celtics have a lot of consistency on their coaching staff, and considering Doc Rivers has led this team to a championship before, there are no qualms in this area.

Boston Celtics odds maker breakdown: SEASON OUTLOOK
If Garnett is healthy and Rondo plays like he did last year, the Celtics are the team to beat. They have nearly four All-Stars in their starting lineup and they have added Wallace and Daniels for depth. On top of that, Big Baby played like a borderline All-Star while filling in for Garnett down the stretch and in the playoffs. Their roster has more consistency than Cleveland and potentially more chemistry. That will be the difference as they get back to the NBA Finals.

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Craig Parsons is's college basketball expert.



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