Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game on ESPN. Boston looks to sweep the regular season series as they host a Brooklyn Nets side that’s currently on a 4-game losing streak. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Things are looking pretty straightforward in tonight’s game for the Celtics. They’ve beaten the Nets by double-digits in all 3 meetings so far this season, including when they still had Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the team. The Cs have come out strong after the all-star break winning 3 of 4 games played, and after a tough win against the Cavs on Wednesday, tonight’s game should be an easier one.
Jayson Tatum dropped 41 at the TD Garden in the win over Cleveland, while veteran Al Horford turned back the clock once again scoring 6 of 8 threes. Other than Danilo Gallinari who has been out for the entire season, the Celtics don’t have any other injuries ahead of this game, so we should expect them to get going right from the get go.
It’s been a tough adjustment to life without KD and Kyrie for the Nets. They just got blown out by their city rivals the Knicks 142-118, which was their 4th loss since the break. Head coach Jacques Vaughn is still trying to figure things out, the absence of Ben Simmons certainly doesn’t help. On offense the team is basically relying on Mikal Bridges and Spencer Dinwiddie, while their defensive rotations still haven’t been sorted out.
In 3 meetings with the Celtics they failed to crack the 100 point mark in all 3 of them, so just doing that tonight would be a huge success here. Boston has thoroughly dominated the head-to-head meetings winning 10 in a row and also covering the spread 8 times.
This should be a Boston win wire to wire. They are far better overall and have more to play for here as the Bucks have overtaken them for the number one seed in the East. Back the Celtics to dominate.
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions & Odds
The O/U numbers are suggesting a high scoring game here. Boston has a 22-10 record in games played at TD Garden this season, plus their last 8 games have gone over the total 6 times. Brooklyn’s lack of defensive presence has resulted in teams like New York dropping 142 points against them. Their last 11 of 16 games have all cashed on the over, including 5 of their last 6 vs Atlantic Division opponents.
If there’s one thing the Nets do well that is three-point shooting. They’ve made at least 12 of them in 8 straight games, so the Celtics might want to keep their eye on that. Boston also doesn’t lack the fire power from range, they just hit 16 of them against the Cavaliers. With 10 of the last 15 meetings between these teams resulting in an over, I think the best bet for tonight’s game is to back the points.