Celtics are the best team in basketball at the season's midway point
The Celtics reached the midpoint of their season last Wednesday, comfortably leading the standings not only in the Eastern Conference but also in the entire NBA.
They have been utterly dominant this season, boasting an impressive 32-9 record, and on pace for 64 wins. Throughout their storied history, the Celtics have won 60-plus games only 13 times, with six resulting in championships. Notably, on the last three occasions the Celtics achieved 60 or more wins, they clinched the title: in 1983-84, 1985-86, and 2007-08.
Currently, Boston holds a two-game lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves for the best record in the NBA and a four-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Remarkably, they are yet to go through an extended losing streak this season, and they have only suffered back-to-back losses once, back in early November. Their next run of home games could yet define their season, and NBA betting fans can use the ウィリアムヒルボーナスコード to bet on ongoing fixtures.
The Celtics' dominance at home has been tested recently, with the Sunday loss to Clippers their second in a row, but boast a fairly good 20-2 record at TD Garden. At 20-0, they had registered the franchise's best home start and the 11th-best in NBA history.
At the halfway point of the season, the Celtics possess the NBA's third-best offense and the second-best defense, resulting in the best overall net rating in the league. Their success is attributed to the collective buy-in and willingness to sacrifice from every player on the roster, evident in their clinical ball movement and selfless play.
Jayson Tatum has elevated his game, with improved shooting percentages and a rediscovered 3-point stroke in January, solidifying his status as the best player on the league's top team. Meanwhile, Jaylen Brown's exceptional play has him performing at a max player level, providing valuable support to Tatum.
The addition of Kristaps Porzingis has bolstered the team's already formidable lineup, adding an inside-out threat that poses significant challenges for opposing defenses. Derrick White and Jrue Holiday form the league's premier backcourt, combining stealthy offense with stifling defense.
Despite coming off the bench, Al Horford has made significant contributions, demonstrating selflessness and motivating his teammates with his unselfish play.
Despite their impressive first-half performance, the Celtics remain focused on continuous improvement, with head coach Joe Mazzulla emphasizing the team's commitment to getting better with each game.
The Celtics saw off a tough challenge of the Denver Nuggets on Friday, before losing 96 – 115 at home to the LA Clippers. The Clippers clash marked a home run that will see them play th Pelicans, Pacers, and Lakers next. Nine of their next 13 games are against playoff-bound teams before the All-Star break.