NBA Betting: How Is Kristaps Porizingis Injury Impacting Celtics Odds?

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is expected to miss a “minimum of several games” with a right soleus strain. He suffered the injury in Game 4 on Monday. The Celtics’ odds were subsequently adjusted for their potential series-clincher against the Heat on Wednesday. Let’s dive into the latest in the betting market.

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assessing Celtics’ odds movement

The Celtics noted the star big man will miss Wednesday’s Game 5 in Boston because of the injury. The team didn’t provide a timetable for Porzingis beyond that. Following this announcement, the Celtics shifted from 14.5-point home favorites to .

Their championship odds are still priced at while their Eastern Conference title odds are stationed at .

The soleus (calf) strain is the same injury for Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, sidelining him for their first-round series versus the Pacers.

Porzingis was acquired last offseason and averaged 20.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the regular season. His production helped deliver a league-best 64-18 record and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. In 37 regular-season games, the Porzingis, Jrue Holiday, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Derrick White lineup attained an 11.0 net rating. With veteran center Al Horford in for Porzingis, Boston’s lineup generated a 2.7 net rating. However, Tatum & Co. managed to go 21-4 straight up in games without Porzingis.

Although the Celtics are well-positioned to fend off the Cavaliers or Magic without Porzingis’ services, that isn’t necessarily the case if his absence extends into the Eastern Conference finals against the Jalen Brunson-led Knicks.

Boston is up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and can finish off Miami at TD Garden. Click any of the odds below to place a bet.