Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. Boston looks to win a 3rd straight game over the Nets this season as the two teams collide at TD Garden this evening. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Interestingly enough both the Celtics and Nets have played the same two opponents in their last 2 games – the Knicks and Lakers, at home. Unlike the Nets who won both of those games, the Celtics split them and went into overtime in both. The win over the Lakers was a controversial one as the Celtics got away with a foul call late in the game, and then proceeded to get the job done in OT.
Jaylen Brown led the charge with 37 points and 9 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum added 30 and 11 rebounds, but shot the ball just 8-for-25 from the field. The win has kept the Celtics lead atop of the East standings at 2 games ahead of the Bucks, as they open as 8.5 point favorites vs the Nets. They won both meetings by 11 points earlier this season, however with just 1 win in their last 4 games people are questioning their form a bit.
With wins over the Knicks and Lakers, the Nets have managed to ease the pressure a bit after a 2-game losing streak. They continue to be without Kevin Durant, which means Kyrie Irving could be in for another big game against his former team the Celtics. Brooklyn has just 1 win in the last 10 meetings, their chances of winning are slim here considering they’ll be without KD, Ben Simmons and T.J.
Warren yet again. However, they have a really solid 11-4 SU record over their last 15 games on the road, so that might give them a bit of hope. Another thing they can use to their advantage here is to attack the opposing point guards of the Celtics as they’ll be without Marcus Smart which is a huge disadvantage on the defensive end for Boston. Brooklyn has successfully covered the spread in 5 of 6 games overall.
In 27 road games this season, the Nets have covered in 15 of them and as crazy as it might sound I really believe they have a shot here. They’ve won 15 of 20 games vs Eastern Conference teams, against a shorthanded and slightly fatigued Celtics squad I can definitely see them keeping things close. Nets to cover
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions & Odds
Betting on the under seems to be the way to go in recent games between these two teams, that bet has landed twice in the last 3 meetings with the two teams averaging just 210 points during that stretch. Over the last 10 meetings that number is at 221.7 points, but for most of those games the Nets were at full health which isn’t the case here. This team has gone under the total in 15 of 27 road games this season, not having their leading scorer KD and their point guard Simmons could cause issues on the offensive end here.
Especially since they’re playing the 6th best defensive efficiency team in the NBA. Boston allows just 109.3 points per 100 possessions this season, the Nets aren’t far off at 109.7 points. With the first 2 meetings this season finishing 103-92 and 109-98, I believe we are in for another defensive battle tonight, so let’s back the under.