BOSTON (CBS) — Folks in Boston may not be feeling too great about the Celtics’ odds to raise Banner 18 this summer, but the folks in Vegas are still giving them a bettor’s chance.
Despite their disappointing 37-23 record and seat as the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference at the moment, OddsShark has given the Celtics the third-best odds to win it all this season. They are currently slotted in with the Milwaukee Bucks at +950, trailing only the Toronto Raptors and the favorite Golden State Warriors.READ MORE: 'Rally Against Replacement' At St. Vincent Hospital Hosted By Reps. Trahan, McGovern
Is it kind of weird that the Celtics have the same odds at a team that currently owns a nine-game lead over them in the East? A little bit, especially since Milwaukee is 2-1 against the C’s this season and currently employs the best player in the Eastern Conference in Giannis Antetokounmpo.MORE NEWS: 3 Fisherman Rescued From Sinking Boat Off Cape Cod
But Boston has proven this season that despite all the dysfunction and disappointing losses, they can still compete — and beat — the best teams in the East. Kyrie Irving has proclaimed his faith in the team, saying he doesn’t think anyone will be able to beat them in a seven-game series when the playoffs roll around. Vegas appears to agree with him, at least to an extent.