NBA odds: Celtics' win total for next season set higher than you might expect

/ by Nick Goss
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The Boston Celtics were two wins away from reaching the 2020 NBA Finals, and oddsmakers expect the C's to carry that momentum into the upcoming season.

The 2020-21 win totals have been released, and the Celtics are No. 4 on the list. The only teams that oddsmakers expect to win more games than the C's next season are the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers and defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.

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Here's a rundown of the over/under win totals for each team -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.

49: Bucks

48: Lakers

47: Clippers

45.5: Celtics

45: Nets

43.5: Nuggets

43: Heat, 76ers, Jazz

41.5: Mavericks

41: Raptors

40.5: Blazers

39.5: Pacers

39: Warriors

38: Suns

35.5: Pelicans

34: Hawks

31.5: Magic

31: Spurs

30: Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Bulls

29: Kings

28.5: Wizards

26.5: Hornets

26: Thunder

24: Pistons

22.5: Knicks

22: Cavaliers

It's important to note that the 2020-21 season will consist of 72 regular season games -- 10 less than a normal campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Celtics could definitely hit the over on 45.5 wins. They had 48 victories in 72 games last season -- one that was interrupted in March because of the pandemic.

You could also make a case that Boston is better now that it was last season.

The C's added much-needed shooting in the 2020 NBA Draft by selecting Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard in the first round. They upgraded at center by signing Tristan Thompson and bolstered their depth at point guard with the addition of Jeff Teague in free agency. Losing Gordon Hayward is a bit of a setback, but one that can be overcome by young players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Romeo Langford and others continuing to improve.

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Even after losing Hayward, oddsmakers still give the Celtics the fifth-best odds to win the 2021 title.

The regular season is scheduled to begin Dec. 22.