Boston Celtics: Cs seen as underdogs heading into second-round

Boston Celtics (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Though the Boston Celtics are coming into round-two piping hot, they currently find themselves listed as underdogs according to some odds makers.

Throughout the 2019-20 season, the Boston Celtics were seen as one of the best teams in the entire association. Finishing the year with a record of 48-24, they managed to finish just two wins shy of their overall record from the year before — in 10 less games, mind you — and acquired a top-five seed for the fifth consecutive season.

In short, their campaign was one to be remembered, both the good times and the bad.

During their first round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, their successes appeared to have rolled right along with them, as Boston wound up sending Joel Embiid and co. packing in just four games.

Now, for the fourth straight year, the Cs find themselves advancing in the playoffs, as they are currently set to face off against the defending champions, the Toronto Raptors — a first in both team’s history.

Seen as a series that could wind up going the distance, it’s hard to justify one team having a clear-cut advantage over the other. That said, according to the odds makers at DraftKings, Toronto comes in having the slight edge over Boston.

The betting lines read as follows:

Raptors -152
Celtics +125

Game 1
Raptors -2
Celtics +2

Granted, these odds should not come as a shock to anyone, as the higher seed in any matchup typically finds themselves favored. That said, with the fact that the Boston Celtics managed to win their regular season series three games to one, I’d say recent history suggests the shamrocks have their number.

Either way, this best-of-seven appears to have the makings to be quite an exciting ride.

Tip-off is set for Thursday at 6:30 PM (ET)

As always, go Celtics!

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