Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics Game Predictions

by | Apr 20, 2022 | nba

Brooklyn Nets (45-39 SU, 33-49-2 ATS) vs. Boston Celtics (52-31 SU, 43-37-3 ATS)

When: Wednesday April 20 2022, 07:00 PM (ET)

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

TV: WWOR

Point Spread: BRO +3.5/BOS -3.5 (Opened BOS -4 at Mybookie - Use bonus code PREDICT100 and they’ll give you a 100% real cash bonus up to $300!)

Total: 226 (Opened at 228)

Money Line: Brooklyn Nets 135/Boston Celtics -162

Power Rating: BOS -4

Probable Starting Lineups

Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving, SG Seth Curry, SF Bruce Brown, PF Kevin Durant, C Andre Drummond

Boston Celtics PG Marcus Smart, SG Jaylen Brown, SF Jayson Tatum, PF Al Horford, C Daniel Theis

Key Injuries

Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons: Back (OUT)
Joe Harris: Ankle (OUT)

Boston Celtics
Nik Stauskas: Ankle (OUT)
Robert Williams III: Knee (OUT)

The Boston Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:00 PM ET at the TD Garden.

Recent Form

The Brooklyn Nets come into this game with an overall record of 44-38, placing them 8th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Brooklyn is above .500 on the road, holding a record of 24-18. Over their last five games, the Nets have played well, picking up 4 wins. During this stretch, Brooklyn is averaging 118.0 points per game, 5.0 points more than their season average of 112.9. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 108.0 points per contest. The Nets have been picking up wins while holding opponents to an average of 111.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 112.1. In the Brooklyn Nets’ most recent game, the team fell to Boston by a score of 115-114.

The Boston Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 51-31, placing them 4th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Boston is above .500 at home, holding a record of 29-13. The Celtics have played well over their last five games, picking up 4 wins. During this stretch, Boston is averaging 127.0 points per game, 15.0 points more than their season average of 111.8. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 112.0 points per contest. Even though the Celtics have been adding to the win column, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 109.0 points per game, up from Boston’s usual rate of 104.6. In the Boston Celtics’ most recent game, Boston took down Brooklyn by a score of 115-114.

Individual Player Analysis

As Brooklyn travels to take on the Boston Celtics, the Nets’ leading scorer is Kevin Durant. Through 55 games, Durant is averaging 29 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 45.0% of his games. As Durant gets set to take on the Celtics, he could be in line for a big game as Boston is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 51.67% of their games. This figure places them 22nd among NBA defenses. On the other side, Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics in scoring, averaging 26 points across his 76 games. Throughout the season, Tatum has outscored his season average in 47.0% of his outings. On the season, the Nets have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 48.57% of their games, giving them a rank of 12nd among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Boston Celtics are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 34 of Boston’s 80 games, leading to a winning percentage of 62%. So far, the Brooklyn Nets have played 12 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 12 times, by an average margin of -13.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have met up for 5 games. In their last meeting, Boston picked up a 115-114 win.

How the Public is Betting the Nets vs Celtics

67% are betting the Nets against the spread.
52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 226

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
  • Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

The first game between Boston and Brooklyn lived up to the hype, with Jayson Tatum’s last second winner. After game one, it is apparent that this will be physical series, with each team giving maximum effort on both ends of the floor. Although they trail the series 1-0, the Nets have reason for optimism as they nearly pulled out the win, despite a sub-standard performance from Kevin Durant. In addition, role players such as Goran Dragic figure to play a big role, taking some of the scoring load of Durant and Irving. However, Boston appears to have a clear advantage inside, as they scored 56 points in the paint compared to just 32 for Brooklyn. In what figures to be another physical game, look for the Celtics to cover the 4 point spread at home. Bet your MLB picks for FREE this week by taking advantage of a 100% real cash bonus on your first deposit up to $500 at GTBets Sportsbook!