Celtics 8.5-point favorite on opening night

We're still more than a month away from regular season NBA basketball, but point spreads are already available for each team's first game in 2015-16.  According to sportsbook.ag, your Boston Celtics are favored by 8.5 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 28.

Yes, the C's are at home and the Sixers will likely once again be among the worst squads in the league, but 8.5 points is still a pretty big number.  In fact, of the 14 games that night, only the Rockets (-9.5) hosting the Nuggets has a greater spread.

If I had to take a guess, I'd bet you could count on one hand the times Boston was favored by more than eight points in the past two seasons.

In the immortal words of that guy from The Postman, "Stuff is getting better. Stuff's getting better every day."

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