These are the predictions of 100 ESPN analysts and bloggers.
50 wins is a fair projection for a Celtics team that doesn’t play for the regular season (2007-08 excluded). But with the depth they’ve stockpiled this off-season, I think the Celtics could be good for 54-55 wins this season.
Before you blow a gasket about Miami being ten games better, remember the Heat were 7 games better than Boston last season. Even with LeBron at the top of his game, I think the Heat are ripe for a championship hangover season. Playing preseason games in China won’t help them, either.
I’m curious to see the Western conference projections. I’m sure many will predict the Lakers to win 80 games.