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Celtics Have Gone OVER at a Ridiculous Rate Lately

Do you bet on basketball? Do you like making money? Do you wish you were a foot taller and could play in the NBA instead of writing about it like me? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s about time you took notice of the Boston Celtics.

Very quietly, the Celtics have become a fantastic wager for OVER bettors, as Boston has gone above the closing total in an incredible 18 of its last 21 contests. Brad Stevens’ crew play host to the Toronto Raptors in Massachusetts on Wednesday, and sportsbooks opened the total for the game at 217.5. The Raptors defense has fallen off a proverbial cliff of late, evidenced by the Dinos allowing at least 100 points in 12 of their past 14 tilts.

The Celts are finally playing at full strength after suffering a litany of injuries in the first few months of the season. Boston has won four straight ahead of tonight’s matchup with the Raps, which has enabled them to leapfrog Toronto for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. Led by Isaiah Thomas, the C’s have averaged a fantastic 118.3 points per game in the winning streak.

Boston averages 108.2 PPG and 105.7 points against on the year, so the recipe for consistent OVERs is clearly there. Thomas, who’s averaging 29.4 PPG through 44 contests, has scored 20 or more in the fourth quarter alone on four separate occasions this year, which is especially impressive when you consider nobody else has done it more than once. The 27-year-old has recorded 20 or more points in a game in 32 straight outings, the second-longest streak in Celtics history.

Avery Bradley (17.7 PPG), Al Horford (15.4) and Jae Crowder (14.2) are also doing their part in shouldering the scoring load in Beantown. The defense hasn’t been nearly as efficient, as the Celtics rank 19th in the Association in points allowed and 13th in opponent field goal percentage – another promising sign for OVER bettors.

If/when the offensive explosion slows down, the Celtics will likely level out at the betting window, but sharp bettors would be wise to keep riding the OVER train in Boston for the time being.

Here’s a game-by-game look at the Celtics’ recent OVER tear:

It's OVER, ladies and gentlemen!

DateAwayHomeAway ScoreHome ScoreClosing TotalOU Result
30 January 2017PistonsCeltics109.0113.0217.0O
28 January 2017CelticsBucks112.0108.0217.0O
27 January 2017MagicCeltics98.0128.0213.0O
25 January 2017RocketsCeltics109.0120.0229.0P
24 January 2017CelticsWizards108.0123.0216.5O
21 January 2017Trail BlazersCeltics127.0123.0217.0O
18 January 2017KnicksCeltics117.0106.0219.0O
16 January 2017HornetsCeltics98.0108.0217.0U
13 January 2017CelticsHawks103.0101.0212.0U
11 January 2017WizardsCeltics108.0117.0217.5O
10 January 2017CelticsRaptors106.0114.0217.5O
7 January 2017PelicansCeltics108.0117.0212.0O
6 January 201776ersCeltics106.0110.0212.5O
3 January 2017JazzCeltics104.0115.0200.0O
30 December 2016HeatCeltics114.0117.0203.5O
29 December 2016CelticsCavaliers118.0124.0217.0O
27 December 2016GrizzliesCeltics103.0113.0199.0O
25 December 2016CelticsKnicks119.0114.0210.5O
23 December 2016ThunderCeltics117.0112.0211.0O
22 December 2016CelticsPacers109.0102.0209.0O
20 December 2016CelticsGrizzlies112.0109.0194.0O