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Over/Under on Celtics Playoff Hopes

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Kind of an older article by Chris Forsberg and ESPN Boston, but still interesting. May not be the best time to bet on the NBA or take part in betting online, but if you did you could still consider the Boston Celtics as contenders. Either way it’s good to check out the Sports Bet Listing. Here is the rest of the article from ESPN Boston:

Our team played a little over/under with the Atlantic Division last week, including a question about the Celtics’ playoff potential whenever hoops resume:

OVER/UNDER: ATLANTIC DIVISION

Over/Under: Second round of the playoffs for the Celtics

Maurice Brooks, ESPN.com: Over. Like an aging boxer, the Celtics still have one more good fight left in them. If Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce all stay healthy — and yes, I know that’s a big if — I like Boston’s chances in a seven-game series against every team in the East outside of the Heat.

Chad Ford, ESPN.com: Push. The Celtics are aging and will continue to get diminishing returns from Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. However, if we lose a good portion of the season, I think it actually benefits Boston. Fewer games equal fresher legs. I don’t see how the C’s get past the Heat or Bulls to get to the Eastern Conference finals, but an appearance in the second round sounds about right.

Brendan Jackson, Celtics Hub: Push. If the Celtics end up with the third, fourth or fifth seed in the East, they have the talent to get past a first-round opponent. If they limp into the playoffs and have to face the Bulls or Heat in the first round, they could easily find themselves facing premature retirement questions.

John Kenney, KnickerBlogger: Under. Missing games due to a (likely) lockout means a (likely) compressed season which will (likely) put Boston’s elderly Big Three in a tough spot as far as seeding goes. The first-round loss will signify the end of this Celtics era.

Devin Kharpertian, Nets Are Scorching: Push. They have an edge on every other Eastern Conference team except the Heat and Bulls. Unfortunately, that means there’s a good chance the Celtics will face one of them in the second round. We’ve already seen what Miami can do to Boston, and Chicago just has too much firepower for Boston to handle.

3 Comments

  1. Adam

    November 5, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I read this article when it first came out. It’s tough to listen to so many “experts” say that we won’t make it out of the 2nd round, but it is a definite possibility. Unless they can find an inside presence for cheap (nearly impossible), stay healthy (another tall task) and add some legit players to the bench, they aren’t a title contender.

  2. Jamie Canu

    November 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t think the Celtics will make the post season… mostly because I don’t believe there will likely be a season.

    With the news of a discussion of decertification it means the players are far from agreement and I don’t think enough players will get on board with dissolving the union either, that only benefits marketable superstars.

    That said.

    If the season did happen, the longer it is delayed the better shot the Celtics hold IMO.

    Each of the last years Boston has rode a tremendous early launch of the season to just around mid January where they hit a spring skid due to exhaustion and elderly injuries.

    If there was a shortened NBA season I can see them cruising to 1st place bid and an easy enough road to winning the finals even on older legs. The long layoff will not effect guys like KG, PP and Ray as they have never had conditioning issues. The only player I can imagine being effected in Baby and rookie impact. Though in Baby’s defense he did workout tremendously hard last year, this year I have not heard of him putting in the same effort. Then again I have not followed it closely.

  3. mike mitchell

    November 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I think the celtics will make the playoffs if the big three stay healthy. but I also believe that if danny ainge would stop trading off good players are team would be strong look at kendrick perkins one hell of a center good rebounder strong on defense. so what he got hurt he is still young I have followed the celtics all my life die hard fan but now look some washed up centers now please dont get rid of rondo celtics need him for the future.

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