Celtics vs. Nets Game 5 Predictions
Boston Celtics (54-31 SU, 45-37-3 ATS) vs. Brooklyn Nets (45-41 SU, 33-51-2 ATS)
When: Monday April 25 2022, 07:00 PM (ET)
Where: Barclays Center, Brookyln, New York
Point Spread: BOS +1/BRO -1 (Opened BRO -2.5 at BAS – They let you bet on games at -105 odds there instead of -110, which saves you TONS of money!)
Total: 220 (Opened at 220)
Money Line: Boston Celtics -105/Brooklyn Nets -116
Power Rating: BRO -1
Probable Starting Lineups
Boston Celtics PG Marcus Smart, SG Jaylen Brown, SF Jayson Tatum, PF Al Horford, C Daniel Theis
Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving, SG Seth Curry, SF Bruce Brown, PF Kevin Durant, C Andre Drummond
Boston has no reported injuries at this time.: Boston has no reported injuries at this time.
Ben Simmons: Back (OUT)
Joe Harris: Ankle (OUT)
The Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:00 PM ET at the Barclays Center.
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 on the road, holding a record of 24-18. Over their last five games, the Celtics have played well, picking up 4 wins. During this stretch, Boston is averaging 120.0 points per game, 8.0 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 Boston has been picking up wins, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 112.0 points per game, up from the Celtics’ usual rate of 104.6. In the Boston Celtics’ most recent game, Boston took down Brooklyn by a score of 109-103
The Brooklyn Nets come into this game with an overall record of 44-38, placing them 8th in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, Brooklyn has struggled in their 43 home contests, sitting at 21-22. Over the Nets’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Brooklyn’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 115.0 points per game. Combined, the Nets’ last five opponents are giving up 107.0 points per contest. In this recent cold stretch, the Nets are allowing an average of 114.0 points per game, similar to their usual rate of 112.1.In the Brooklyn Nets’ most recent game, the team fell to Boston by a score of 109-103.
Individual Player Analysis
As Boston travels to take on the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics’ leading scorer is Jayson Tatum. Through 76 games, Tatum is averaging 26 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 47.0% of his games. So far, the Nets are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 50.0% of their games, placing them 16th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Kevin Durant leads the Nets in scoring, averaging 29 points across his 55 games. Throughout the season, Durant has outscored his season average in 45.0% of his outings. Given that Boston’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Kevin Durant should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Celtics have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 51.61% of their games, giving them a rank of 21st among NBA defenses.
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 41 games, leading to a winning percentage of 65%. So far, the Brooklyn Nets have played 51 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 51 times, by an average margin of -14.0 points.
Heading into today’s matchup, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets have met up for 7 games. In their last meeting, Boston picked up a 109-103 win.
How the Public is Betting the Celtics vs Nets
67% are betting the Celtics against the spread.
52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 220
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Betting Trends Worth Noting
- Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog.
- Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog.
- Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread
The Brooklyn Nets head into this matchup, hoping to avoid a sweep by the hands of the Celtics. Throughout the series, the Nets have been frustrated by Boston’s relentless defense. In particular, the Celtics have been keyed in on Kevin Durant, who is coming off just a 16-point performance. In addition, Kyrie Irving had a substandard outing in game 4, also notching 16 points. To make matters worse, Boston is getting back to full strength after welcoming back Robert Williams III. Although he played limited minutes in game 4, he appears ready to take on a bigger load. Look for the Celtics to close this series out, putting an end to a roller-coaster season for the Brooklyn Nets. Bet your NBA playoffs picks for free by scoring a special 100% real cash bonus on your first deposit up to $300 at MyBookie Sportsbook! (Must use bonus code PREDICT100 to receive the special bonus!)
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