Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) motions to a teammate during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden.
- Kyrie Irving (personal) has been declared out for tonight's Celtics-Jazz game (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
- The Celtics, who opened as 3-point dogs, have moved to +6/+6.5 following the news.
- The over/under has also dropped from 210 to 205.5, making it one of the lowest of the season.
The Boston Celtics will be without star point guard Kyrie Irving on Friday night when the team visits the Jazz in Utah.
Irving, who scored 39 points in the Celtics’ crazy comeback win against the Suns Thursday night, will be attending his grandfather’s memorial service.
Irving originally announced these plans last week per our very own Justin Phan, and it was confirmed today that he’ll still be attending.
Though this news was initially reported early Friday morning, it was not widespread among the NBA Twittersphere until shortly before noon ET.
Sportsbooks picked up on the news shortly after it came through. At 7:22 a.m. ET, Pinnacle moved the line from Utah -3 to -4 — 20 minutes after the posting of this article.
An hour later, Pinnacle moved to -4.5 and eventually to -5.
Once Phan and the FantasyLabs NBA boys tweeted out the confirmation, the market shifted even more.
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Ten minutes after the tweet, a steam move at Pinnacle caused the line to jump from -5 to -6.
If the Celtics had moved to +7, that would be a four-point move, which is more than what oddsmakers believe he is worth.
Oftentimes, the market overreacts when a star of this nature is ruled out. It’s quite possible sharp bettors will grab the Celtics if the line reaches +7 again.
Also worth mentioning is the over/under, which has plummeted. At Pinnacle, it has dropped from 210 to 205.5, which would tie it for the fourth-lowest total of the young season.
As Phan mentions, the Celtics are far less efficient offensively with Kyrie off the court and also have a slower pace. Given both teams’ strong defenses, it is certainly shaping up to be a low-scoring game.