The Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics collide for the third time this season. Will the Nets extend their win streak to three games? Or, will the Celtics stop Kyrie Irving and company once again?
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Away: Brooklyn Nets (31-19/16-11 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Kyrie Irving
- SG: Seth Curry
- SF: Joe Harris
- PF: Royce O’Neale
- C: Nic Claxton
The Nets are missing Kevin Durant but they’re still winning, largely thanks to Kyrie Irving. With Irving flat-out balling, the Nets have won their last two games and four of their last six. Over their last six outings, Irving has averaged 35.7 points on 52.9 FG% and 50 3FG%.
That kind of efficiency on offense isn’t just concentrated on Irving, though, as Brooklyn has put up 122.5 points while making 52.6 percent of their shots from the field and 45.5 percent of their 3-point attempts in that same six-game span. In their most recent game, the Nets took down the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Tuesday with Irving pacing the team with 26 points, while Cam Thomas and Patty Mills both came off the bench and dropped 21 points apiece.
The Nets have covered the spread in five of their last six games overall and are also 3-0 ATS in their previous three contests away from Barclays Center.
Home: Boston Celtics (36-15/19-6 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Derrick White
- SG: Jaylen Brown
- SF: Jayson Tatum
- PF: Grant Williams
- C: Al Horford
The Celtics returned to their winning ways by beating the Lakers last Sunday at home, 125-121 via overtime. Before that, Boston was on a three-game skid with losses to the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat, and the Knicks. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, as usual, led the Celtics in that controversial meeting with the Purple & Gold, scoring 30 and 37 points, respectively. With the Nets missing Durant and Boston playing at TD Garden this Thursday, it does look that the Celtics are poised to beat Brooklyn again.
The Celtics are 2-0 SU so far this season versus Brooklyn, winning the first matchup on the road back in December (103–92) and then again on Jan. 13 (109-98) also at Barclays Center. Boston is one of the toughest teams to beat and cover against in the NBA this season at home, with the Celtics sporting a 13-2 ATS record in 25 games at TD Garden, thus far.
Moreover, Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last five games versus the Nets.
Spread: The Celtics (-8.5) win.
Over/Under: The total (226.0) goes Under.