Boston-area professional sports teams are a mixed bag when it comes to predicting playoff and championship contenders. While the Celtics are a star-studded squad expected to return to the NBA Finals, the outlook is not as rosy for other teams.
With this special betting market offered by BetMGM Sportsbook, however, you get four chances to win just in case the Celtics don’t get over the hump and win the title in 2023.
Massachusetts sports betting will be legal soon, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to place bets in the Commonwealth just yet. To place any money on this betting market, you’ll have to drive to a neighboring state, such as Connecticut, New Hampshire, or New York. Hopefully, by the time the Celtics are in the playoffs next year, or perhaps even when the Patriots are making a playoff run, Boston sports fans will be able to place wagers in Massachusetts.
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BetMGM’s “Title Town Specials” group championship odds by specific geographic areas. The four Massachusetts-based pro teams make up the “New England Special” with odds of +300. Sports bettors who select this special only need one team to win its league’s next championship to earn a payout. So, a winning wager of $100 earns you an extra $300.
With the Celtics as early frontrunners to reach the NBA Finals and the New England Patriots looking to reach Super Bowl 57, sports bettors could win a nice payoff if even one of those teams brings home the trophy. Even if the Red Sox or Bruins have disappointing campaigns, you could still win.
Significant Changes and the Patriots’ Chances
Even with major personnel changes, New England Patriots fans have several reasons to be excited about 2022. Last season’s wild-card playoffs loss to the Buffalo Bills and the 10-7 regular season record should be a distant memory as preseason play gets underway this week.
The coaching staff will be without longtime offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels who left to take the head coaching job for the Las Vegas Raiders. Several coaches followed McDaniels, including wide receivers coach Mick Lombardi. Nevertheless, head coach Bill Belichick is still at the helm, and that alone gives the six-time Super Bowl champions an edge.
With linebacker Mack Wilson, wide receiver DeVante Parker, and draft talent from Baylor, Chattanooga, and Houston, it should be business as usual for the team. In addition, analyst Tom Curran expects the Patriots to surpass expectations this season.
Look for the Patriots to continue being a defensive juggernaut and avoid a multi-game skid that hampered the team at the end of last season. However, an NFL championship will be a long shot.
New England’s first regular-season game is Sept. 11 at division rival Miami Dolphins.
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Hard Times for the Red Sox
With a 20-6 record in June, the Boston Red Sox entered July on a high note. Yet, as the team suffered embarrassing losses and unfortunate injuries, June’s streak and the aura of 2021’s wonderful season seem like faded memories.
As mid-August approaches and the All-Star break behind them, the Red Sox sit dead last in the AL East, several games behind the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.
Early August trades saw the team acquire outfielder Tommy Pham from Cincinnati while letting catcher Christian Vázquez and left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman go.
Unfortunately, the Red Sox continue to lose, and hopes of an AL East title are far-fetched. The season’s most exciting moment may be the Fenway Park fan who caught a foul ball while eating a chicken tender.
About two months are left before the playoffs begin, and the Red Sox seem to be headed to watching their rival New York Yankees enter the postseason as the favorites to win the AL.
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Celtics Shine On
The Celtics are having a busy offseason as the front office tweaks the team’s roster in hopes of repeating a thrilling Finals run that electrified fans last season.
A promising NBA Summer League talent is among the new additions: Mfiondu Kabengele. The 6-10 power forward/center averaged a near double-double in Summer League’s July session.
The biggest reason the Celtics are primed to repeat a deep playoff run with an excellent chance to win it all is the resigning of the star-laden core group. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Robert Williams III all signed contract extensions to be with the team until at least 2024-25. The team is also in the hunt to acquire Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant.
The NBA.com Offseason Eastern Conference Power Rankings list the Celtics at No. 1 and notes that there is no reason why the core group won’t be better than last season. Preseason play for the Celtics begins Oct. 2 with the team hosting Charlotte. The league has yet to release the regular-season schedule.
Good looking odds: Boston Celtics among favorites to win 2023 NBA title
A New Coach for the Bruins, Seasoned Vets, and Injuries
Last season was mediocre at best for the Boston Bruins. While the team had a winning record, scoring depth was a problem. An early exit in the playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes showcased the issue.
The team fired head coach Bruce Cassidy in June and named Jim Montgomery as his replacement on July 1. Key players, centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, return. It will be Bergero’s 19th season. Unfortunately, the Bruins will enter the season with at least three players recovering from surgery. With a new coach, lackluster offense, and injured players, the Bruins will be lucky to match last season’s record and make a long run in the playoffs.
The team opens the 2022-23 season against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 12.
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