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Boston Celtics enter playoffs as clear favorites for the championship

The NBA Playoffs are finally here, with 16 teams left in the league. Seven teams are competing for their first-ever NBA title, while the other nine look to add to their trophy room. The Boston Celtics, number one in the Eastern Conference and overall, are the heavy favorites to win the championship, according to Fan Duel Sportsbooks. The reigning champion Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder follow closely in the odds.

The Celtics have had an impressive season, finishing with a 64-18 record and leading several statistical categories such as average scoring margin, effective field goal percentage, defensive rebounds, blocks and turnovers. Jayson Tatum, their 2017 draft pick and superstar, is having an excellent season with averages of 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Boston will look to Tatum to lead them to their first title since 2008.

Despite being the favorites, the Celtics have had a challenging road since their last championship in 2008. They have made the NBA Finals twice, in 2010 and 2022, but fell short both times. In 2010, they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games, and in 2022, they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors in six games. Boston will look to break the tie for the most titles in NBA history with the Lakers and secure their 18th championship.

The playoffs feature a mix of teams with different chances to win the title, with Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans are all battling for the championship. The Miami Heat, Boston’s first-round opponent, have the worst odds at +24,000, highlighting the tough competition in the playoffs.

Now that the playoffs are starting, it’s a new season and each team starts 0-0. Regular season performances are now irrelevant and all teams have an equal chance to advance. The Celtics are the favorites to win the 2024 NBA title with their impressive season and strong roster led by Jayson Tatum. Fans can expect an intense and exciting playoff series as the 16 teams compete for the championship. Whether the Celtics can live up to their status as favorites and secure their 18th title remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the NBA Playoffs are sure to be an exciting and memorable event.