As the calendar turns to January, the focus of the betting world begins to shift to the NBA season. The Boston Celtics currently hold the best record in the league at the halfway point with a record of 29-12.
Legal sports betting in Massachusetts is on the horizon, and Celtics fans in The Bay State are chomping at the bit to place a bet on their favorite team. With 41 games to go in the regular season, there is still a load of great games that the betting public will enjoy during the second half of the season.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest Celtics games on the upcoming schedule.
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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 – Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors
This game will feature a rematch of the 2022 NBA Finals. The Celtics faced off with the Golden State Warriors once before earlier this season, with Golden State winning 123-107.
It was not the best showing for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum struggled shooting, going 6-for-21 from the field with 18 points. Meanwhile, the “Splash Brothers” were on fire. Both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson scored over 30 points, and the Warriors held off a late Jaylen Brown rally to secure the victory.
This upcoming meeting will be the only time the two teams will square off at TD Garden until a potential NBA Finals matchup. It will also be one of the featured games on NBA on TNT. There is no more Thursday Night Football, so the NBA will have the evening all to themselves.
Boston’s stars are healthy right now. Meanwhile, Curry has recently missed time due to a shoulder injury. However, he is expected to be back in time for this game. Both teams will be looking to stack wins this month for playoff positioning, so expect this to be an entertaining game.
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Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 – Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies
This could be a preview of the 2023 NBA Finals. It will be the only time Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies will make their way inside TD Garden during the regular season.
Morant is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA today, and will be looking to make his way into the MVP conversation alongside Tatum. Both teams are near the top of their respective conferences. Odds are this will be a meaningful game regarding home-court advantage in the playoffs.
These two teams met during the season’s early stages in Memphis, with Boston walking away with a narrow 109-106 victory. The Celtics were unable to cover the 3.5 point spread in that game.
Both teams have improved since that meeting. This upcoming game will be a lot of fun for folks that love to bet on props. Morant is a stat stuffer, and Tatum and Brown are solid picks when looking at player points props.
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Friday, Mar. 3, 2023 – Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets
This will be the last of the Celtics’ three remaining games against the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn superstar Kevin Durant recently suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of action for several weeks. He could potentially miss all three of Brooklyn’s remaining games with the Celtics.
The Celtics and the Nets are currently No. 1 and 2 in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn could slip a little bit while Durant is out. Regardless, this game will be another pivotal matchup in this budding rivalry.
Boston swept the Nets out of the playoffs in the 1st round last year. However, Brooklyn is a different team this year. Many of the players are the same, but the chemistry has clearly shifted in a positive direction since Head Coach Jacque Vaughn took over earlier this season.
Boston has been a great bet at home this season. They also have a knack for showing up for these big games. These two teams are also in the top half of the league in points per game, so the over/under for this matchup will also be something to keep an eye on.
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Thursday, Mar. 30, 2023 – Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks
This is another “prop bet watch” game. The Celtics will travel to Milwaukee late in the season to take on the Bucks. This will be one of their final tune-up games before the playoffs.
However, this game could also help determine home-court advantage in the playoffs. Milwaukee is currently only 2.5 games behind Boston for the No. 1 seed. There will be a lot to play for, as these teams could meet down the line in the playoffs.
One of the keys to watch is the health of Bucks star Khris Middleton. Many believe the Bucks would have made it to the NBA Finals in 2022 if he had not been hurt. He is still not at 100%, but if he gets close, the Celtics could have a major problem on their hands.
Well, another major problem. “The” major problem comes in the form of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. “The Greek Freak” has secured 24 double-doubles in 34 games this season. If you want to lock in a good bet, place some money on Giannis to get a double-double.
Boston could not ask for a better test heading into the postseason. This could be the Celtics’ year, but it won’t be easy.