NBA Betting: 2021 Season Major Upsets So Far
Now that we’re at the NBA All Star Break, it’s time to take a look back at the first half of the season. While there have been many pleasant surprises throughout the first half of the season, there have also been some disappointments as well. Some teams have overachieved, while others aren’t performing up to their expectations. Let’s take a look at one of those major disappointments from the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season so you can continue betting against their NBA odds.
NBA Major Upsets to the moment in the season
The biggest disappointment of the NBA season has to be the Boston Celtics. Even though they’ve struggled with injuries and COVID issues, the Celtics have still not lived up to the expectations that were set for them. Prior to the break, the Celtics did hit a little bit of a hot streak as they won four in a row.
Boston has been in the Eastern Conference finals in three of the last four seasons. They’re currently sitting in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. At 19-17, Boston doesn’t have the record that many expected them to have.
Kemba Walker missed significant time due to a knee injury. Marcus Smart has missed a lot of time with a calf injury, and Jayson Tatum missed numerous games after testing positive for COVID-19. They have had to use numerous starting lineups, and have had many different rotations. The Celtics weren’t especially deep prior to all of the injuries, but many have been thrown into roles that they weren’t expecting.
While many think that Boston can turn it around once they get healthy, that may not happen. Boston has a very hard second half schedule, and if things don’t go their way, they could fall even farther down in the Eastern Conference standings.
One area that is really hurting the Celtics is their late game efficiency. Brad Steven has been known as one of the best late game coaches in the league. That’s not holding true to form this season, but Stevens can’t be the only one to blame. The Celtics are currently 28th in net efficiency rating in the fourth quarter. In games within five points with five minutes remaining, the Celtics are 10-13. They have trouble scoring late in the game, especially from beyond the arc where they’re shooting just over 25%.
So, how do the Boston Celtics fix their season? First off, a healthy Kemba Walker would be a start. He has been looking better as of late, scoring 32 points in a recent game. His shooting percentage still isn’t great, but once he works himself back into form, it should improve. Boston’s offseason acquisitions haven’t played as well as expected, and that has been a problem for them as well.
Look for changes from Boston in the second half. They do have a $28 million dollar trade exception to use. They got this in the Charlotte sign-and-trade deal for Gordon Hayward, who is missed by the Celtics. Boston doesn’t have as much draft pick capital as they’ve had in the past, so they’ll need to be crafty in order to make some deals. Boston will be looking to make improvements so that they can be a contender come playoff time.