NBA gambling expectations are lower for Boston as concerns about the age of most key members of the team and the new look Miami Heat make them a longer shot with the NBA gambling odds.
Sports-Gambling opened with Boston as a +850 choice to win the NBA title and as a +450 selection to win the Eastern Conference. Boston opened with an over/under win total of 54.5.
The Celtics proved to be a poor NBA betting value in the regular season as they won 50 games straight up but paid out just 33 times. Their lack of value is based in large part due to their recent success that includes the 2008 NBA title and with three consecutive seasons of 50 wins or better.
Boston has also been one of the more storied and historic franchises in the NBA with a large following that goes back decades, much like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, which adds to their ticket price.
Age and injuries are a legitimate concern for the Celtics this year as proven a year ago when they started off 23-5 only to limp home at 27-27 the rest of the season. Ray Allen is age 35, Paul Pierce is 33, Kevin Garnett is 34, and Shaquille O’Neal is 38.
The grind of an NBA season is tough on the youngest of bodies and this issue is one that will likely grow in significance as the season moves on.
Pierce is a key NBA betting online asset for Boston as he led the Celtics in scoring with 18.3 points per game while Allen averaged 16.3. Garnett’s importance cannot be over emphasized as he was out of the 2009 playoffs which Boston eventually lost after winning the NBA title in the previous season.
With Garnett back the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead over the Lakers in last year’s Finals before blowing the final two games in Los Angeles. Another key performer is assist machine Rajon Rondo who totaled 794 helpers in 81 games while also adding over 10 points per game.
Rondo was a key NBA gambling asset in the playoffs as he averaged 15.8 points and 9.3 assists in the post season and was a first time all star.