How Ben Simmons’ Absence from Game 4 in Nets vs. Celtics Has Affected Betting Odds

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Odds

Nets Odds-1.5 
Celtics Odds+1.5 
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Ben Simmons had been slated to make his season debut on Monday in Game 4 versus the Celtics, but the beleaguered point forward has now been ruled out of that contest on account of what he calls "back soreness."

It was announced on Sunday afternoon that Simmons had planned on playing in Game 4 — as the team has maintained over the last several days — but woke up on Saturday with "back soreness."

The Nets were hoping Simmons could suit up for the must-win game, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported during halftime between the Warriors and Nuggets on Sunday.

The former No. 1 overall pick with the 76ers hasn't played in a game since a disappointing Game 7 against the Hawks in which he missed layups, gave up open dunks and played a generally no-show game in a do-or-die situation.

Now, he's opted out from another do-or-die game.

The oddsmakers don't think Simmons would've made a whole lot of a difference to begin with.

After the news was announced, no sportsbook changed its odds for the game.

BetMGM and FanDuel kept the contest at Nets -1.5, while DraftKings and Caesars still price this game at Nets -1.

The Nets' odds to win the Eastern Conference and NBA Championship remained unchanged at those four sportsbooks, too.

No team in NBA history has overcome a 3-0 deficit.

Only three teams have ever tied a series after being down three-games-to-none — and each lost Game 7.

  • 1951 NBA Finals: Rochester Royals 4, New York Knicks 3
  • 1994 Western Conference Second Round: Utah Jazz 4, Denver Nuggets 3
  • 2003 Western Conference First Round: Dallas Mavericks 4, Portland Trail Blazers 3

Across all major American sports, only five teams have ever won a series after being down 3-0 — with four of those coming in the NHL.

The fifth, of course, involved another Boston team.

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