Boston Celtics will win NBA championship, secure 18th banner according to 2023-24 season simulator
Yahoo! Sports partnered up with Strat-O-Matic to simulate the entire 2023-24 NBA season, predicting stat lines for every Celtics player, the regular-season standings for all 30 teams and the full postseason bracket to crown a 2024 champion.
The 2023-24 Boston Celtics are entering the season with high expectations after making significant changes to their roster, including acquiring All-Stars Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday in exchange for core veterans. In a simulation of the season, the Celtics’ new top six players have been performing exceptionally well, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way in scoring.
The simulation predicts the Celtics will dominate the regular season, securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference with 64 wins, their most since the 2007-08 championship season. Boston’s offense is particularly impressive, scoring over 124 points per game while maintaining strong defense.
In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, secure the second seed, with the Philadelphia 76ers trailing behind as the third seed. Surprisingly, the Indiana Pacers emerge as a contender with the fifth seed, while the New York Knicks struggle, landing as the 12th seed.
In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Timberwolves claim the top seed with 55 wins, ahead of teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors. The defending champion Denver Nuggets secure the fifth seed, while the Phoenix Suns need a play-in tournament win to make the playoffs.
During the postseason simulation, the Miami Heat dispatch the Bucks in the second round, while the Celtics sweep the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, avenging their previous year’s loss. The Timberwolves make a surprising run to the NBA Finals, where they face the Celtics.
In the NBA Finals, the Celtics are the dominant force, defeating the Timberwolves to secure their 18th championship in franchise history and their first since 2008.
(source: Yahoo Sports)
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