C’s 8-5 SU and 7-6 ATS in 13 games w/out suspended point guard Rondo

Posted: April 30, 2012 in General, NBA
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Now that we finally know Rajon Rondo won’t be available for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks, a line of -4 can be found across the board. The line opened up Atlanta -3.5 at most places, but has leveled off at -4 at a majority of places.

Rondo, who had 20 points and 11 assists in the series-opening loss to the Hawks, will likely be replaced by Avery Bradley. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. eastern.

Rondo, who was suspended once during the regular season for his conduct concerning an official, finally spoke to reporters about his ejection from the Celtics’ 83-74 Game 1 loss to the Hawks on Sunday night. He was thrown out of the game for bumping official Mark Davis in the final minute, but has stood by his story that he did not bump him intentionally.

Rondo argued his momentum from tripping over Davis’ foot carried him into the referee’s back, causing the bump. But when reviewing the video, you can see Rondo did in fact trip, but he vividly stuck his chest beyond his explanation of losing momentum.

Thus, due to the NBA rule that states: “Any player or coach guilty of intentional physical contact with an official shall automatically be suspended without pay for one game. A fine and/or longer period of suspension will result if circumstances so dictate,” the Celtics will take the court without their starting point guard.

Boston has done so 13 times this past regular season, and was 8-5 SU and 7-6 ATS in those games. With this one taking place at Philips Arena in Atlanta, the important thing to note is the Celtics were 3-3 both SU and ATS without Rondo and with a suitcase in hand.

One of those games was on April 20, when the Hawks beat the C’s in Atlanta, 97-92. Boston covered the number in that game, catching 10.5 points. The total was 179.5, but soared Over by almost 10 points.

Boston, which is now mired in a 0-5 ATS slide as a playoff pup, was 4-2 ATS when catching points without Rondo this past regular season.

Without Rondo, the Celtics were 6-6-1 with totals. On the road without him, Boston was 4-1-1 Over and in the games it was an underdog, it was 3-2-1 Over.

The following are the games the Celtics played without Rajon Rondo:

DATE, OPPONENT, RESULTS, ATS, TOTAL

1/20 vs. Phoenix, L 71-79 (L -6.5), Under

1/22 at Washington, W 100-94 (W -4.5), Over

1/23 vs. Orlando, W 87-56 (W +7), Under

1/26 at Orlando, W 91-83 (W +10), Push

1/27 vs. Indiana, W 94-87 (W +4), Over

1/29 vs. Cleveland, L 87-88 (L -6.5), Under

1/31 at Cleveland, W 93-90 (L -4), Over

2/1 vs. Toronto, W 100-64 (W -9.5), Under

2/20 at Dallas, L 73-89 (L +9.5), Under

2/22 at Oklahoma City, L 104-119 (L +8.5), Over

4/18 vs. Orlando, W 102-98 (L -4.5), Over

4/20 at Atlanta, L 92-97 (W +10.5), Over

4/24 vs. Miami, W 78-66 (W -7), Under

(ATS source: Covers.com)

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