The Boston Celtics received devastating news today when it was discovered that forward Kevin Garnett could miss the entire postseason. Oddsmakers dropped Boston’s odds to win the 2009 NBA Finals to 11/2.
Coming into the season, the Celtics’ odds to win the 2009 NBA Finals were set at 3/1 coming off their title victory in 2008 over the Los Angeles Lakers. But oddsmakers from online sports book SBG Global have now made the C’s 11/2 long shots behind the Lakers (3/2) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (5/4).
Boston had another solid season, compiling a 62-20 record, including an impressive 35-6 mark at home. The Celtics are still going to be a tough out with Paul Pierce leading the way, but without their power forward Garnett, it’s going to be tough to overcome the phenomenal LeBron James and the Cavs.
Garnett leads the team in rebounds at 8.5 per game, and also has averaged 15.8 points and 1.2 blocks per game. While the Celtics may struggle without him, they’re odds may never be more appealing to bettors. Don’t forget, this is the defending champs and Boston will certainly have a lot to play for and will be motivated to prove they can win without Garnett.
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Posted: 4/16/09 11:05PM ET