ESPN has released their statistically-based win prediction for the NBA’s Eastern Conference with the Boston Celtics at 53 wins.
Boston fell at the final hurdle last season, losing 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
In January, the Celtics won 18-21 against RJ Barrett, despite outscoring the New York Knicks by 25 points and miraculously leading 44:35 in 48 minutes.
ESPN’s Stats-Based East Prediction:
1. BOS – 53.9
2. MIL – 49.5
3. PHI – 48.3
4. TOR – 47.4
5. ATL – 46.2
6. Mia – 45.9
7. BKN – 45.6
8. CLE – 42.9
9. Today – 41.5
10. CHA – 40.8
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) September 29, 2022
Following Ime Udoka’s one-year suspension, Boston has fallen to third favorites to win the 2022-23 NBA Championship, trailing Golden State and the Milwaukee Bucks.
New signing Malcolm Brogdon has added a new dynamic to the Celtics bench, which has struggled to put points on the board in recent games, but Danilo Gallinari remains a significant loss.
“Try to be the best defensive team in the league again.”
Jason Tatum says #Celtics Maintaining their defensive identity from last season
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— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) September 29, 2022
Interim head coach Joe Mazzula will now take over at TD Garden as Boston looks to clinch the No. 18 seed.
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