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ESPN gives Celtics second-best odds of winning 2018 NBA Finals

Ty Anderson
September 20, 2017 - 6:26 pm

The Celtics have made believers out of ESPN's Basketball Power Index, earning the second-best odds of winning the 2018 NBA Finals.

It's something the C's fans will pat themselves on the back over, sure, but it's also an easy, borderline safe call for ESPN to make. 

The Celtics added two All-Stars in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward this summer, are expecting Jaylen Brown to step up into a starting role (especially with Avery Bradley traded to Detroit and with Brown expected to be this team's best defensive stopper), and it's widely believed that 2017 No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum will immediately contribute at the NBA level. Of course, the Celtics did lose most of their roster from a year ago, too, but it's safe to say that those aforementioned additions likely outweigh the overall skill of a 2016-17 C's squad that won an East-best 53 wins. 

It's also worth noting that even with the second-best odds, they're still at just 12 percent, as the Warriors' stranglehold on the NBA is expected to continue, with ESPN putting their odds at 58 percent.

 

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