2017-18 season Preview

10 predictions for the Celtics season

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Instead of going through a usual roundup of predictions, let's spice things up a little bit with some over/unders on key categories and players for the upcoming Celtics season.

Points per Game: Kyrie Irving
Over/Under: 25.5
Prediction: Over. He averaged 25 ppg last year without having the ball in his hands nearly as much as he wanted. In Boston, he's going to be surrounded by a pair of unselfish All-Stars so opportunity won't be a problem. The points may not always come efficiently, but Irving is going to put up big numbers. I'd peg him at 26 per game.

Assists per Game: Kyrie Irving
Over/Under: 6
Prediction: Over. I know you can't put too much stock in the preseason but Irving changed my vote in this category with his performance. He was a pass-first player for long stretches of games and his touch and vision was far better than I remember watching in Cleveland. With defenses collapsing on him more in the paint as games continue, he should surpass six and post a career-high in this department.

Points per Game: Gordon Hayward
Over/Under: 20.5
Prediction: Under. Hayward has improved his points per game average in six straight seasons but that's going to come to an end in Boston as a second option. He'll remain steady in the high teens but I think he's going to end up finding the open man more than looking for his own shots. He'll excel from beyond the arc and punish opponents in the pick-and-roll but I'd expect his assist averages to get more of a jump than his scoring.