Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier had an eye-opening over/under on the online betting site Bovada when their prop-bet odds were released on Thursday: 7.5 points per game.
Rozier, who averaged 16.5 points per game last season during the playoffs, will have a reduced role as the Celtics’ back-up point guard this year behind Kyrie Irving. Still, given Rozier’s improvements and Brad Stevens’ comments about getting him as many minutes as possible this year, 7.5 felt very low.
Bettors seemed to agree. A little over an hour after Bovada posted their over/unders, Rozier’s PPG odds went missing from the site. Contacted by MassLive, a Bovada representative said the site had been “slammed” by people placing bets on the over for Rozier. The representative told MassLive that Rozier’s new over/under would be placed at 9.5 — half a point higher than Marcus Smart.
Other notable numbers included Gordon Hayward (19.5 PPG), who has struggled in preseason and might have trouble hitting the over if his struggles continue, and Irving (22.5 PPG).
Rozier will get plenty of minutes this season, and as the lead guard, he will have a lot of opportunities. He also may get moved prior to the trade deadline to a team that needs a starting point guard, which would give him more opportunities as well. Anyone who got in on 7.5 can probably feel pretty good about their bet.