Boston is going to have to continue its push for the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed without starting center Robert Williams, who suffered a torn meniscus in Sunday’s home win over Minnesota.
In 61 games this year, Williams is averaging 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocked shots, 2.0 assists and 0.9 steals per game. Williams has made 73.6 percent of his field-goal attempts. He actually scored eight of his 13 points in Sunday’s win after sustaining the injury.
Williams will reportedly need surgery. The Celtics haven’t provided a timetable for his return, although he’s expected to miss a minimum of several weeks. There are six games remaining in the regular season, with the NBA Playoffs set to begin on April 16.
Boston (47-29 straight up, 41-34-1 against the spread) lost 115-112 at Toronto in overtime last night. However, the Celtics covered the number as 8.5-point road underdogs. They were super-generous ‘dogs because Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Jaylen Brown joined Williams in being out of the lineup.
Horford (personal), Brown (knee) and Tatum are listed as ‘questionable’ for Wednesday’s home game vs. Miami, which leads the fourth-place Celtics by two games.
Philadelphia and Milwaukee are in a tie for second place in the East, with both clubs one game back of the Heat.
As of Monday, Boston has 8/1 odds to win the NBA title at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.