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Kyrie Irving is one of the best players in the NBA. He gives the Celtics a chance to win whenever he has the ball in his hands, so it's only natural that Boston occasionally struggles whenever he misses a game. However, that may only be the case on the road.

Surprisingly, the Celtics have been absolutely lights out at TD Garden without their star point guard in the lineup, owning a dominant 21-3 record whenever Irving sits or misses a game due to injury. 

That definitely gives the "better without Kyrie" crowd some ammunition, but it should be noted that Boston is a miserable 7-13 on the road without their star point guard in the lineup.

Irving is still one of the best players in the NBA and his presence in the Celtics lineup makes them betting favorites in most games. If anything, the above stat just proves that betting on the Celtics when they play at home, even without Irving in the lineup, is borderline easy money. 

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