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2017-18 NBA Atlantic Division Betting Preview

The NBA season starts very early, on October 17th, but that does mean it will end any sooner. Commissioner Adam Silver had two reasons for doing this, one to provide more days off for the players and to protect TV partners who want all the stars playing on nationally broadcast games.

We start our first preview in the Atlantic Division, where Boston is the favorite and second choice to advance to the NBA Finals out of the Eastern Conference.

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Boston Celtics (55 O/U win total)

The Celtics are built for the regular season, as they are part of the new way coaches teach the game, which is more position-less basketball and the ability to do more to help your team in various ways. That is what made Gordon Heyward a natural in Brad Stevens system (they were together at Butler), even if based on pure talent, Heyward is in the 15-25 range in the league. With the East still weak, the Celtics could be an Over bet, but rebounding still looks like an issue and this roster has to outwork the opposition without elite talent. Does Kyrie Irving really make Boston better, their scores and odds will tell the story soon enough?

Toronto Raptors (48 O/U)

Most think Toronto has peaked even with stars like DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Adding Serge Ibaka helps on both ends of the floor and gives the Raptors three legitimate big time players. One has to wonder how long it will take Toronto to play more cohesively with ball movement and less isolation offense. The other unknown is the Purple Dinosaurs jettisoned most of the veteran bench for salary cap reasons. How quickly will new players fit in? Probably pass on this win total.

Philadelphia 76ers (39 O/U)

It feels like the 76ers started the rebuilding process in the last decade. Coach Brent Brown now has several pieces to work with, though most are still very young, but Philadelphia's future is certainly bright. At some point the last two top NBA draft choices, Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons will play together in the backcourt, and having J.J. Redick coming off the bench should be beneficial. For our money, it still comes down to fragile Joel Embiid. If Philly gets 60 starts and 24 minutes a game from Embiid, they could win 44 games and have their place in the NBA standings to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, there is nothing to suggest Embiid will come close to that number, making the Sixers a no play.

New York Knicks (28.5 O/U)

With Carmelo Anthony dispatched, this is now Kristaps Porzingis team to lead. What he has around him is debatable in terms of quality, but at least it will not have the drama. The Knicks have veterans and young players, which will help. Center Willy Herangomez is an all-effort performer and having Tim Hardaway Jr. is a plus with instant offense. Courtney Lee is a good off-guard, however, the point guard position is a mystery. Though the news surrounding New York will be quieter, it sure looks like UNDER or nothing for the Knickerbockers for season wins.

Brooklyn Nets (27 O/U)

Brooklyn has rebuilt itself in a different way, trading for players who are still young, that did not work out in previous location for any number of reasons. If these players have the proverbial chip on their shoulder, the Nets will surpass 30 wins. What we do not know is what to expect from D'Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov and Allen Crabbe. Each are capable of being a far better player, but are they willing to work together as part of team and show up ready to play 82 games? Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Carls LeVert also have upsides as already part of the Nets and Jeremy Lin is competent back-up guard.

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