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2020 Boston Celtics NBA Team Preview

Boston Celtics NBA Team Preview – 2020 Restart Betting Analysis

With a total of 17 world championships, the Boston Celtics are the standard of the NBA.  Extending their brand and image are the iconic green and white uniforms and home parquet floor.  Boston has an incredibly rich history with some of the game’s biggest all-time names.  Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, and Jo Jo White are among their greatest players.  Legendary coaches Tom Heinsohn and Red Auerbach add to the mystique.  Consider that Boston has a total of 35 Hall of Fame inductees. However, the Celtics last won the NBA title in 2008.  That was their only championship since 1986.  Today’s NBA betting factors bring greater parity with a multitude of good teams.  Head coach Brad Stevens has led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals twice.  He stands a realistic chance to do it again when the NBA restarts the season.  2020 Boston Celtics Odds to Win Odds to win NBA Championship:  +1350 Odds to win Eastern Conference:  +650 Record at Time of COVID-19 Suspension:  43-21 straight up, 38-23-3 against the spread, 30-34 under the total Metric Rankings:  11th for scoring offense, 18th for field goal percentage, 13th for three-point field goal percentage, fourth for free throw percentage, ninth for offensive rebounds, second for points allowed, fourth for field goal percentage allowed, third for three-point percentage allowed, 11th for defensive rebounds Standing:  3rd place in Eastern Conference, 9.5 games out of first place  2020 NBA Restart Schedule  Friday, July 31, 6:20 p.m. ET, ESPN:  Milwaukee Bucks Sunday, August 2, 3:20 p.m. ET, ABC:  Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT:  Miami Heat Wednesday, August 5, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN:  Brooklyn Nets Friday, August 7, 9 p.m. ET, TNT:  Toronto Raptors Sunday, August 9, 5 p.m. ET:  Orlando Magic Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT:  Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, August 13, TBD:  Washington Wizards 2019-20 Season Review Last year the Celtics ...
NBA Odds Posted for Restart Opening Weekend Games

NBA Odds Posted for Restart Opening Weekend Games

Above all the sports betting community is thrilled to see the board posted with NBA odds.   March 12 was a day that will live in sports wagering infamy. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the Association suspended play. Four plus months of inaction have dragged on ever since. July 30 marks the return of NBA games and gambling. Let’s take a look at the betting odds listed for the first three days of the restart. Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans Date Thursday, July 30, 2020 Time: 6:30 p.m Betting Odds Team SP/RL TOTAL ML Jazz +2 (-104) 220½ (-110) - Place Bets Pelicans -2 (-116) 220½ (-110) - Place Bets Namely New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson has emerged as the new NBA superstar. The Pelicans' sports betting dynamics have completely flipped. New Orleans was a profitable team at the time of play suspension. By contrast, Utah was in the red and covered just two of their last 10 games. A once-tight Jazz defense has loosened. LA Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds Team SP/RL TOTAL ML Clippers +1 (-110) 218½ (-110) - Place Bets Lakers -1 (-110) 218½-110 - Place Bets Despite their popularity and name-brand status, the Lakers showed impressive profits when play stopped. LeBron James and company covered six of their last eight games. Especially impressive is an improved defense that ranks third in the NBA. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers are also in the black vs. the NBA spread. LA trails only the Lakers in the Western Conference. Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Date Friday, July 31, 2020 Time: 6:30 p.m Betting Odds Team SP/RL TOTAL ML Celtics +5 (-111) 218 (-105) - Place Bets Bucks -5 (-109) 218 (-115) - Place Bets This is an NBA betting playoff rematch from last year that Milwaukee won with ease. Of course, the Bucks are led by 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee is running away with a 6.5-game lead in the Eastern Conference. Gamblers love the Bucks for their strong wagering value over the past two ...
Milwaukee Bucks NBA Team Betting Preview

Milwaukee Bucks NBA Team Betting Preview

Founded in 1968 as an expansion team the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA world championship in their third season.  However, that 1970-71 title is their only one in team history.  Milwaukee has been transformed into power with the NBA betting odds.  The reason for this transformation is the 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Award winner Giannis Antetokounmpo.  Last year Milwaukee was the best team in the regular season.  They were the top seed in the Eastern Conference.  Yet the Bucks failed to finish off the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals. Once again Milwaukee boasts the best record in the NBA.  Accordingly, their metrics show a team that is among the most complete in the Association.  Public betting money will continue to flow to the Bucks.  Amazingly Milwaukee has been among the most profitable NBA teams.  Despite being one of the most “public” teams on the pro basketball wagering board.  2020 Milwaukee Bucks Odds to Win Odds to win NBA Championship:  +255 Odds to win Eastern Conference:  -190 Record at Time of COVID-19 Suspension:  53-12 straight up, 36-29 against the spread, 30-34 under the total Metric Rankings:  1st for scoring offense, 2nd for field goal percentage, 16th for three-point field goal percentage, 27th for free throw percentage, 1st for offensive rebounds, 5th for points allowed, 1st for field goal percentage allowed, 18th for three-point percentage allowed, 21st for defensive rebounds Standing:  1st place in Eastern Conference, 6.5 games ahead 2020 NBA Restart Schedule Friday, July 31, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN:  Boston Celtics Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC:  Houston Rockets Tuesday, August 4, 1:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV:  Brooklyn Nets Thursday, August 6, 4 p.m. ET, TNT:  Miami Heat Saturday, August 8, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN:  Dallas Mavericks Monday, August 10, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN:  Toronto Raptors Tuesday, August 11, 9 p.m. ET:  Washington Wizards Thursday, August 13, TBD:  Memphis Grizzles  2019-20 Season Review A ...
NBA Restart Schedule Released

Jam Packed NBA Betting Restart Schedule Released

Finally, there is light at the end of the NBA tunnel. The season restart schedule has been released and will run from July 30 through August 14. The restart is quite ambitious as most days will have games run from noon to 9 p.m. ET. Specifically, These NBA betting matchups are known as “seeding games.” At the end of the schedule if the ninth-place team is within four games of the eighth-place team they would meet in a play-in. In that play-in, the ninth-place team would have to beat the eighth team twice in a row. From there the regular eight-team best of seven conference playoffs will begin. Disparity on Schedule Difficulty Already there is complaining in some circles about a disparity of schedule. When you compare the combined sports betting record of the various teams there is a difference in difficulty. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans have the easiest schedule with opponents that have a combined winning percentage of .495. Considering that the eight worst teams in the league won’t be present that’s quite a break. By contrast, the Toronto Raptors have the most difficult schedule with opponents at a combined .638-win percentage. The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, and Portland Trail Blazers all have combined schedule difficulties of .600 or greater. Extending that is the fact that the NBA has long been a haven for conspiracy theorists. Nothing would please the Association more than to have Zion Williamson and the Pelicans make a playoff run. Williamson spiked TV ratings when he entered the Pelicans lineup before the shutdown. Owing to his strong play did New Orleans rapidly emerge as a bottom tier contender. Re-Opening Night Set for Thursday, July 30 Initially, the NBA will employ Williamson and the Pelicans in the first game back. New Orleans will face the Utah Jazz on ...
NBA to Return to Action in July 2020

Finally, the NBA Has Roadmap for July Return to Action

Better late than never. More emphatically it’s about time! NBA owners and players have come to an agreement for return to action. A 22-team format with the NBA betting odds may seem odd on the surface. But the Association decided to include any team that had a remote shot at the playoffs when play stopped. “Opening Day” will be July 31 from Orlando, Florida. Most important of all the NBA will reap the financial awards of its TV contract. A lost season would have been a billion-dollar mistake. “I’m Going to Disneyworld” All NBA games for this return will take place at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. At first, no fans will be allowed to attend games. And there is no indication that they will ever be allowed as the format progresses. Each team will play eight “regular season” games. Following those sports betting matchups, each conference will seed its top seven teams. The eight and nine seeds could meet in a play-in series if the nine seed is within four games of the eight. From this point, the final eight seeds in the Eastern and Western Conference will meet in the best of seven series. Some fans and media were hoping for an inter-conference one through a 16-seeded playoff format. Instead, the league decided to stick with its traditional Eastern and Western Conference formats. All told the NBA’s return season could last all the way to October 12 with Game Seven of the Finals if necessary. Other key dates will be the August 25 NBA Draft lottery. Next will be the October 15 will be the NBA Draft. Free agency will open on October 18. It follows that training campo for the 2020-21 season will open November 10. Opening night for the new season will be December 1. 2020 Odds to ...