Boston Celtics All-Star break recap: Injuries

The Boston Celtics have a win total of 59.5 (2023-02-17). We consider the OVER/UNDER for this total and the team's injuries.

The Pick: UNDER 59.5 at odds of -120 (bet365)

The Boston Celtics are heading into the All-Star break as the first-placed team overall in the NBA with a 42-17 record. In recent news with this team, they defeated the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Boston also dropped the interim tag with Joe Mazzulla and officially named him their head coach. Mazzulla served as the interim coach following the preseason news involving Ime Udoka.

Heading into the All-Star break, the Boston Celtics have a win-total projection of 59.5 with bet365. The UNDER side of the bet is favored at -160 (5/8) with the sportsbook. Boston is a little off of the pace that they need to maintain in order to beat that total. The bullet points below show that they are about 2% off of the winning rate that they need in order to hit 60 wins this season.

Boston Celtics win-total (bet365): 59.5 (simplified perspective)

  • Current winning rate: 71.19%
  • The winning rate needed for OVER 59.5: 73.17%
  • Difference: -1.98%
  • Simplified conclusion: the Celtics are behind their win-total projection

The All-Star break comes at a really good time for Boston. They have some injuries and the week off will help them out.

Jaylen Brown has been out for a week with updates pending some time in the near future. Starting center Robert Williams III is also a day-to-day player, meaning a week off should improve his status. Mike Muscala is also day-to-day, a recent addition to Boston from OKC. You have to be thinking that the Celtics will come back from the break strong and ready for a run to the conference finals. The keys news to watch with injuries with Boston involves Brown.

Boston Celtics: Recent Form Alert

  • Formerly: 21 - 5 on December 8th, 2022
  • Currently: 42 - 17 (overall)
  • Recent form: 21 - 12 since December 8th, 2022
  • Recent winning rate: 63.64%
  • Boston Celtics' recent form: -9.53% compared to what they need overall

While the Celtics should be in good health after the break, so will a lot of other teams. Boston hasn't been at their very best for over two months now. According to the bullet points above, they've played just .636 basketball since December 8th. When it comes to beating their win total, that won't get the job done this season if they keep it up.

Boston would need to go 18-5 in their remaining games to beat 59.5. They have six games that could be categorized as difficult remaining in their schedule and a host of others that could be called "tricky."

Bettors should be opposing Boston still, especially since there's a chance that they coast in their final couple of games. Elite teams often don't need to seriously contest the final games of their regular season with playoff outlooks that are fixed. All things considered, a 60-win season is looking really tough for the Celtics

Boston Celtics betting recommendation

  • Boston Celtics UNDER 59.5 wins at -120 (5/6) with bet365
  • Further reading: NBA Power Rankings

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