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Wyc Grousbeck insists Celtics have 'aggressive' mindset this offseason

Wyc Grousbeck insists Celtics have 'aggressive' mindset this offseason

The next few weeks could fuel or dash the Boston Celtics' dreams of winning an NBA championship. And Wyc Grousbeck is well aware of the stakes.

"This is the most uncertain offseason since 2007," the Celtics co-owner said in a recent interview with the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy.

Grousbeck isn't wrong; amid reports that Kyrie Irving is "prepared" to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, persistent Anthony Davis trade rumors and the murky futures of Al Horford, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris, the C's could have a completely different roster at this time next month.

"We have so many options this summer, that I really don’t know what will happen over the next two to three weeks," Grousbeck said. "That’s the fun of it, and the stress of it."

That 2007 offseason resulted in the Celtics landing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to form a "Big Three" in Boston that won the NBA title in 2008. If president of basketball operations Danny Ainge manages to pry Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans and convince Irving to stay, there's a real chance of the C's following that blueprint.

At the very least, it sounds like Grousbeck is intent on Ainge and the Celtics' front office shooting their shot.

"I don’t have any interest in being mediocre for the next 10 or 15 years," Grousbeck added. "I’d rather go for it, hit the driver, off the fairway, I occasionally do that. Absolutely that Kyrie trade (with Cleveland in 2017) felt like the right thing to do and was the right thing to do.

"I completely share Danny’s outlook and support it, of looking at options that are aggressive and could lead to a championship. That’s the mindset."

Boston has other options if Irving walks and Davis goes elsewhere, as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are solid foundational pieces to build around. But the Celtics front office certainly doesn't seem interested in a rebuild, so expect the C's to be in the thick of trade talks and free agent rumors through next Thursday's NBA draft and into July free agency.

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NBC Sports Boston to televise all 2019-20 Maine Red Claws home games

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NBC Sports Boston to televise all 2019-20 Maine Red Claws home games

Tacko Time is must-see TV for basketball fans, and there's about to be many more chances to see the 7-foot-7 Celtics rookie.

For the first time in the 11-year history of the Maine Red Claws, their full home schedule will be televised on NBC Sports Boston.

“This partnership gives both Red Claws and Celtics fans an opportunity to closely follow their G League team throughout the season, while providing an up-close view of the development of next-generation Celtics players,” Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said.

That next generation includes Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters, who are both signed to two-way contracts this season. The TV slate kicks off Friday, November 15 with live coverage of the Red Claws' home opener against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Here is the full list of dates, times, and opponents for Red Claws games that will be aired on NBC Sports Boston.

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Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the Maine Red Claws vs. the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which tips off Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET , followed by Celtics Pregame Live before the C's face the Warriors. You can also stream both games through the MyTeams App.

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Warriors betting predictions, plays against the spread

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Warriors betting predictions, plays against the spread

Welcome to the "upside down," where the Golden State Warriors are the worst team in the NBA.

The Warriors are plummeting from grace, taking a 2-10 record and a five-game losing streak into Friday's matchup with the Boston Celtics, who remain the No. 1 team in basketball at 9-1.

We haven't quite had Celtics-level success picking Boston's games this season, but we're still above water at 15-8-1 overall and are 5-1-0 picking the moneyline, point spread and point total in the Celtics' last two contests.

As the C's pack their bags for a five-game West Coast swing, we'll look to roll along with them. Here are our betting picks for Celtics-Warriors, as well as two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET

Moneyline: The Celtics (-330) got great contributions from their bench in Wednesday's win over the Washington Wizards. They'll need to tighten up that defense, but Boston's talent up and down the roster should help the C's cruise to their 10th consecutive win.

Point Spread: We suppose this could be a trap game. The Warriors have to snap their five-game losing streak at some point, and upstart rookie Eric Paschall could give Boston problems in the paint. That said ... Golden State is 1-4-1 against the spread at home this season (isn't Chase Center lovely, though?), and the Celtics (-7) are too deep not to win by double digits.

Point Total: The Celtics just scored their most points in regulation game since 1992 and are facing the second-worst defense in the NBA. The 223.5 point total is actually lower than Wednesday's game, but regardless, we're taking the OVER with the Celtics until notified otherwise.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 15-8-1

NBA Locks of the Night

Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves (-7): The Wolves smoked the Wizards by 22 points in their own gym earlier this month. Maybe Washington makes an adjustment, but I'm riding Andrew Wiggins' hot hand and banking on Minnesota to handle its business.

Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets (-5.5): This line has dropped after opening at 7.5, which suggests an upset could be brewing. I'm not buying it. Indiana is down Myles Turner and Jeremy Lamb against a Rockets team that's won five in a row and just dispatched the Los Angeles Clippers.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 9-6-1

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Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.