Celtics Given Highest Win Total for Next Season at 55.5 Games

Win Totals Boston Celtics Background

  • The Boston Celtics were given the highest win total for the 2022-23 NBA season at 55.5 wins.
  • The L.A. Clippers are next with their 52.5 wins after landing John Wall in free agency.
  • Defending champions Golde State Warriors and the Philadelphia 76ers are at 50.5 wins.

The Boston Celtics have opened with the highest win total for the 2022-23 NBA season.

Boston’s win total has been set at 55.5 wins, two more than the L.A. Clippers who are second with their 53.5, and three better than the Phoenix Suns who were given a total of 52.5 wins by online sportsbook PointsBet USA.

The Celtics were the biggest beneficiaries of the 2022 free agency period when they acquired Malcolm Brogdon without giving up significant assets and picked up Danilo Gallinari from the waivers.

Can the Celtics Go All the Way?

With the Celtics retaining their core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford, Robert Williams III, Grant Williams, and Payton Pritchard, the Celtics’ lineup looks loaded with the addition of Brogdon and Gallinari. But the question is if this Celtics’ lineup can go all the way? The oddsmakers say yes.

The Celtics produced one of the most dramatic mid-season turnarounds in NBA history when they went from being two games below the .500 mark at the end of December 2021 to the second seed in the East after the regular season was over. The Celtics went on to eliminate the preseason favorites Brooklyn Nets, defending champions Milwaukee Bucks, and East top seed Miami Heat in the East playoffs before losing to the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Final. With Brogdon and Gallinari joining the team next season, the top NBA sportsbooks have installed the Celtics as the odds-on favorites to win it all next season.

According to PointsBet USA and Bet365 USA, the Celtics are the +550 odds-on-favorites to win the 2023 NBA championship. Boston is also listed as the +575 betting favorite at BetMGM and Caesars Sportsbook, with the defending champions Golden State Warriors chasing them at +600 odds. Boston is even listed at a shorter +500 odds at the FanDuel Sportsbook with the Bucks behind them at +550 odds.

Clippers Have Highest Payroll in the NBA

After signing John Wall, the L.A. Clippers’ payroll rose to $191 million, the highest in the NBA. But Wall’s addition also makes the Clippers an instant contender. With Kawhi Leonard expected to return next season, the Clippers are going to be loaded with Leonard, Wall, Paul George, Reggie Jackon, Luke Kennard, Marcus Morris, Nicolas Batum, and Robert Covington. The Clippers currently have the third-best odds to win the title next season at +600 but were given the second-highest win total at 53.5 games.

After matching the Indiana Pacers’ $133 million offer sheet to Deandre Ayton, the Phoenix Suns will now return Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Ayton next season. The Suns finished with the best record in the NBA last season with 64 wins but have been given a 2023 win total of only 52.5 wins. The 2021 NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks are next with their 51.5 wins.

Meanwhile, the defending champions Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers were both given a win total of 50.5 games. The Dubs and Sixers are the last teams to have a win total of at least 50 games. The Miami Heat are next at 49.5 wins while the Minnesota Timberwolves  are at +48.5 wins, while the Dallas Mavericks were given a win total of 47.5 games. On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors have been  given a win total of 44.5 games

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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