Originally posted on Celtics 24/7  |  Last updated 11/4/11

Kind of an older article by Chris Forsberg and ESPN Boston, but still interesting. May not be the best time to bet on the NBA or take part in betting online, but if you did you could still consider the Boston Celtics as contenders. Either way it’s good to check out the Sports Bet Listing. Here is the rest of the article from ESPN Boston:

Our team played a little over/under with the Atlantic Division last week, including a question about the Celtics’ playoff potential whenever hoops resume:

OVER/UNDER: ATLANTIC DIVISION

Over/Under: Second round of the playoffs for the Celtics

Maurice Brooks, ESPN.com: Over. Like an aging boxer, the Celtics still have one more good fight left in them. If Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce all stay healthy — and yes, I know that’s a big if — I like Boston’s chances in a seven-game series against every team in the East outside of the Heat.

Chad Ford, ESPN.com: Push. The Celtics are aging and will continue to get diminishing returns from Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. However, if we lose a good portion of the season, I think it actually benefits Boston. Fewer games equal fresher legs. I don’t see how the C’s get past the Heat or Bulls to get to the Eastern Conference finals, but an appearance in the second round sounds about right.

Brendan Jackson, Celtics Hub: Push. If the Celtics end up with the third, fourth or fifth seed in the East, they have the talent to get past a first-round opponent. If they limp into the playoffs and have to face the Bulls or Heat in the first round, they could easily find themselves facing premature retirement questions.

John Kenney, KnickerBlogger: Under. Missing games due to a (likely) lockout means a (likely) compressed season which will (likely) put Boston’s elderly Big Three in a tough spot as far as seeding goes. The first-round loss will signify the end of this Celtics era.

Devin Kharpertian, Nets Are Scorching: Push. They have an edge on every other Eastern Conference team except the Heat and Bulls. Unfortunately, that means there’s a good chance the Celtics will face one of them in the second round. We’ve already seen what Miami can do to Boston, and Chicago just has too much firepower for Boston to handle.

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