2014 Boston Celtics Predictions and NBA Futures Odds
by George Monroy - 10/2/2014
The Boston Celtics are so far removed from their championship days with the "Big 3" that their last piece from the 2008 title team, Rajon Rondo, will probably be dealt before the end of the season and signal the organization's first complete rebuild in six years. Coach Brad Stevens has begun to set the foundation for solid, fundamental basketball on both ends of the court, but his roster is still miles away from competing for its 18th NBA title.
The Celtics picked up a premium player in this summer's NBA Draft with the sixth overall pick and should improve on last season's horrendous 25-57 record, which turned out to be the third-worst mark in franchise history. Making the playoffs and ending the year with a .500 record will probably be the team's primary goal even though the reality of Boston's situations points toward another lottery pick next summer. Let's take a closer look at the Celtics' futures odds with predictions and analysis. All odds come from Bovada.
2014 Boston Celtics Additions and Departures
Boston had a quiet summer on the free agent market, swapping out moving parts and bench players for a new set of moving parts and bench players. The team did not sign anyone of consequence to its roster but was able make a couple of solid draft choices that could pan out in the future. The Celtics took point guard Marcus Smart with the No. 6 pick, which is probably a signal for Rondo's eventual departure, and center Tyler Zeller with the No. 17 overall pick.
Boston also signed Evan Turner, a former No. 2 draft pick, but at this point in his career the fourth-year player has been relegated to bench player status. If he can provide any meaningful minutes in that role, his purpose will have been fulfilled. Expect Boston's roster to be filled with rookies, veteran minimum players and expiring contacts as the team attempts to clear salary cap space to go after a marquee free agent over the next few offseasons.
2014 Boston Celtics Futures Odds
NBA Title Odds: +20000
Eastern Conference Odds: +10000
Division Odds: +2500
Marcus Smart Rookie of the Year Odds: +1200
Brad Stevens Coach of the Year Odds: +2000
Boston has quite a few futures odds wagers that are receiving big long shot odds and could be enticing for fans looking to place a little money on their team. The trouble is that most of them are unrealistic bets. Boston has little chance making the playoffs, let alone winning an NBA title in 2015. Stevens and Smart could conceivably win their respective awards, but with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Nerlens Noel roaming the courts, the Rookie of the Year awards is probably already locked up. If Stevens can coax 40 wins out of his team then the Coach of the Year award would be within reach.
2014 Boston Celtics Predictions and Futures Odds Picks
Rookie of the Year: No
Coach of the Year: No
Boston is rebuilding and will not be a team of consequence during the 2014 season. General Manager Danny Ainge is a savvy basketball mind and is not looking to limp into the playoffs and get swept by Cleveland or Chicago. He understands that collecting assets and trade bait are the way to go in the NBA, so do not expect Boston to win very much this season. Rondo will probably miss the first few weeks of action with a broken hand, and if he is in fact traded, looking for spots to wager against the team might be the best play to make money on the Celtics during the upcoming season.
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