The Celtics’ hot start, by the numbers

Thursday, 09 November 2017, 03:50:55 PM. After an inauspicious 0-2 start, the Boston Celtics have the best record in NBA.

After an inauspicious 0-2 start, the Boston Celtics have the best record in NBA. And although it’s early in the season, the team’s recent spell of wins — albeit a small sample size — cannot be overlooked. Here’s a breakdown of their encouraging first three weeks of the season:

Their record: 9-2

3: Number of teams (New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Orlando Magic) they beat that currently are above .500.

9: Number of consecutive games they have won. The Celtics haven’t lost since their home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 18.

11.2: Average margin of victory during their nine-game winning streak. Through all 11 games, the Celtics’ average scoring margin is +9.1 points, which is up significantly from last year’s mark of +1.6. It’s also good enough for second-best in the NBA, as only the Warriors boast a higher stat with +10.1.

How the team stacks up against the league

23.3: Average number of team assists per game — ninth-highest in the NBA. Last season, they averaged 25.5.

37.1: Average number of defensive rebounds per game — fifth-highest in the NBA. Last season, they averaged 32.1.

42.9: Opponent’s average shooting percentage — fourth-lowest in the NBA. Last season, opponents shot an average 45.4 percent from the field.

103.5: Average number of points per game — ninth-lowest in the NBA. Last season, they averaged 107.5.

How the team stacks up against franchise history

3: The Celtics just wrapped up a three-game road trip with three W’s. In the past 12 months, they’ve swept three out of their five road trips that were three games or longer. In the previous six years, the team had zero such sweeps.

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