Things got ugly in Boston Wednesday night and now the Celtics will have to face the consequences. Rajon Rondo is suspended two games after he came to the aid of teammate Kevin Garnett and threw punches at Brooklyn big man Kris Humphries.
“He is worth as much (to the spread) as any player they have,” says John Avello, sportsbook director at the Wynn in Las Vegas. "They must have him to be a consistent winner.”
Boston hosts Portland at the Garden Friday before hitting the road for a showdown in Milwaukee Saturday. Books kept Friday’s game off the board until news of the suspension broke and now the Celtics are listed as 5-point favorites.
“He is worth as much as anyone in the league if he stood alone,” says Avello. “But it’s all about the players that compliment him. They (Celtics) are going to be OK without him.”
When asked about Rondo’s value to the spread in comparison to other NBA superstars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, Avello says he would rank Rondo in the “top five in the league.”
Rondo was suspended for bumping an official in the first round of
last season's Eastern Conference playoffs, a factor that was certainly
considered by the league when deciding Rondo’s fate as a repeat
offender. Garnett received a $25,000 for his part in the brawl.
Rondo is averaging 12.9 points and a league-best 12.9 assists in 14 games this season.