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- Boston came back from 22 down to beat Philly 108-103 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals
- Celtics had 13 incredible comebacks during the season with live moneylines at +400 or higher
- Biggest live moneyline cashing for Celtics bettors was +3000 at Utah on March 28
The 2017-18 Boston Celtics do not panic when facing large defects. At one point in the year, Boston actually had a winning record after going down at least 13 points (8-5 straight up), and even sat at 5-4 SU in games when trailing by least 17 points.
The Celtics’ most recent comeback came in Thursday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Sixers. Boston (+4.5) trailed by 22 points in the first half and reached +886 on the live moneyline before coming back to win, 108-103, to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Celtics came back an incredible 13 times this season when facing a live moneyline listed at +400 or higher. Here they are, starting from the beginning of the season:
+1600 at Oklahoma City (Nov. 3, 2017)
This was the Celtics’ first big comeback win of the season, extending a winning streak to seven straight games. Boston went down 18 points in Oklahoma City, but ferociously came back for the 101-94 win, led by Kyrie Irving’s 22 second-half points.
+800 vs. Charlotte (Nov. 10, 2017)
Another 18-point deficit for Boston a week later, and this time they had to do it without Al Horford and Irving. A career night from Shane Larkin led the C’s to another win.
+982 vs. Golden State (Nov. 16, 2017)
Boston erased a 17-point deficit in the first half to beat Golden State, 92-88, extending their win streak to 14 games at the time. They also moved to 13-2-1 ATS.
+450 at Atlanta (Nov. 18, 2017)
A 35-20 deficit after the first quarter was nothing for the Celtics as they won by double-digits, 110-99, for their 15th consecutive win.
+622 at Dallas (Nov. 20, 2017)
The Celtics found themselves down double-digits in the fourth quarter against one of the league’s worst teams, but pulled off the victory in OT to extend their win streak to 16 games.
+525 at Indiana (Nov. 26, 2017)
Just a measly 13-point comeback in this one as the Celtics used a big third quarter to beat the Pacers.
+2000 vs. Houston (Dec. 28, 2017)
The Celtics closed +2 on the full-game spread and were down as many as 26 points before coming back to beat the Rockets, 99-98. That was a wild night for comebacks across the NBA.
+545 vs. Philadelphia (Jan. 11, 2018)
The Celtics also faced a 22-point deficit against the Sixers in London, but stormed back for a 114-103 victory.
+1175 vs. Portland (Feb. 4, 2018)
Boston was down 16 points at halftime but outscored Portland by 17 in the second half to win, 97-96.
+400 vs. Oklahoma City (March 20, 2018)
The Celtics found themselves down, 98-92, with just 24 seconds left in the game, but miraculously won, 100-99, in regulation.
+630 at Portland (March 23, 2018)
The Blazers thought they had Boston beat again, but the Celts erased a 10-point Portland lead heading into the fourth quarter to win, 105-100.
+3000 at Utah (March 28, 2018)
It wasn’t the biggest comeback in terms of points, but it was the biggest in terms of the live moneyline. The Jazz led, 94-88, with just over two minutes remaining but didn’t score again as Boston pulled off the 97-94 victory.
+886 vs. Philadelphia (May 3, 2018)
Down 22 in the first half with a depleted lineup, it looked like the Celtics would get blown out of their own building. Instead, they rallied to cut the lead to five by halftime, then dominated the second half in a 108-103 win. Boston reached as high as +886 on the live moneyline.
For those not counting, that’s a total of +136.15 units of profit provided by this year’s Celtics.
Cover photo features Celtics forward Jaylen Brown celebrating