Boston Celtics NBA Picks, NBA Odds & NBA Predictions: The big question in Boston heading into the 2010-2011 NBA picks season is how much do the old guys have left in the tank. Their starting five feature four guys over the age of 33 and the uncertainty over injuries and fatigue is certain to loom as the NBA predictions season progresses. Yet, Vegas odds makers have faith in the Celtics, giving them 4/1 NBA odds of winning the east and 7/1 NBA odds of winning another championship.
Rajon Rondo (24) emerged last season as a highlight-reel style point guard, averaging 36 minutes, 13.7 points, and 9.8 assists per NBA picks contest. Rondo made incredible passes, athletic shots, and led the Celtics all the way to the Finals. While Rondo’s star is rising, the rest of the starting five are superstars whose suns are setting on their NBA careers. Paul Pierce (33), Kevin Garnett (34), Ray Allen (35) and now Shaq (38) are the oldest starting unit in the NBA and the team has already won a championship with the three stars minus Shaq.
There already have been signs of wear and tear. Garnett had his lost points per NBA picks contest and minutes played since his rookie season as did Ray Allen. How much Shaq can contribute is also a big question mark this NBA predictions season. Each of their minutes could be reduced further this NBA picks season since the Celtics boast a deep bench. The Celtics are hoping for big contributions from PF Glen “Big Baby” Davis, free agent center Jermaine O’Neal, and shooting guard Delonte West.
Vegas NBA picks Bottom line: The Boston Celtics are an experienced (and old), talented, deep basketball team and are favored to challenge the Heat for dominance in the east. The health of the old guys will dictate whether this team will get a chance at redemption after losing to the arch-rival Lakers in the Finals a year ago.
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