It’s far from a guarantee that the Celtics will be back in the NBA Finals, but the early betting odds for 2023 are positive on them. Boston fell two wins behind No. 18 Banner as they lost to the Warriors in six games.
But the Celtics have the second-best odds of winning the 2023 NBA title, according to BetOnline, slipping in at +650. The reigning champion Warriors has the best odds at +450. The Clippers and Bucks are in third place at +750, the Nets at +800, followed by the Suns at +900.
Of course, these quotas are extremely premature at this point in time. With the NBA draft just around the corner, it’s time for a free hand where there could be wild moves. The Celtics will look to improve their roster and depth after falling short in the Finals.
A lot can change in the offseason, then in the 82-game regular season. The Nets and Lakers were last season’s two favorites, but Los Angeles failed to make the playoffs while Brooklyn was defeated by Boston in the first round. So it’s still too early for the C’s to look ahead to next season’s playoffs.
But the Celtics are well positioned to make another deep playoff run. Guys like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum will make their improvements during the off-season as the roster should be refreshed. There’s still plenty of time, but the C’s will rest after reaching their first finals since 2010.