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Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The Boston Celtics (1-2) will look to even up the series with the Brooklyn Nets (2-1) on Sunday as these two Eastern Conference powerhouses collide. The Celtics will host this one at the TD Garden with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.

After dropping the first two games, the Celtics took advantage of playing at home by beating the Nets 125-119 on Friday. In the victory, Jayson Tatum dominated as he led all scorers with 50 points. He also added six rebounds and seven assists.

In the loss, Kevin Durant and James Harden combined for 80 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists, but it still wasn’t enough as the Nets came up short. The only other player who scored in double digits was Kyrie Irving, who had 16 points and six rebounds.

The Brooklyn Nets are the favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -270 to win while the Celtics’ moneyline is +220. The spread features Boston +6.5 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 229.

By The Numbers

Offensively, Brooklyn only trailed the Milwaukee Bucks as the top-scoring team in the NBA. They averaged 118.5 points per game. The Celtics rank 17th averaging 112.5 points per game.

In terms of scoring defense, it is the Celtics with a clear advantage. They rank 12th overall, allowing opponents just 111.3 points per game. The Nets fall to 22nd, allowing 113.9 points per game.

Brooklyn Hopes To Take Commanding Lead

At +200, the Brooklyn Nets are the favorites to win the NBA championship this season. While their goals are lofty, they have to watch out for a pesky Celtics team led by Jayson Tatum. Still, they will look to go into the TD Garden Sunday and try to take a commanding three games to one lead in the series with a win.

Leading the way for the Nets is Kevin Durant and James Harden. Through three games, Durant is averaging 32.3 points on 50.8% shooting from the field. He is also averaging 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Not to be outdone, James Harden is averaging 27.3 points on 51.2% shooting while also adding seven rebounds and 8.3 assists.

As witnessed in the last game, though, they need to still get support from others. Even combining for 80 points between the two was not enough to get the job done.

Celtics Hope To Even Series At Two Apiece

Without Jaylen Brown and having a less-than-healthy Kemba Walker, the Celtics are the clear underdogs in this series. Even as the underdogs, they are in a position to push the series even if they can take care of business at home Sunday.

To win this series, the Celtics are going to need Jayson Tatum to play at a superstar level. In Sunday’s win, where he scored 50 points, he did exactly that. He is now averaging 27 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.

As great as Tatum was, others will need to pick up the pace as well. Aside from Tatum, Marcus Smart (19.7 points, three rebounds, 5.7 assists), Evan Fournier (14.3 points, four rebounds), Tristan Thompson (12.7 points, 11.3 rebounds), and Kemba Walker (12.7 points, four rebounds, four assists) have been the biggest contributors thus far.

Taking Brooklyn To Win And Cover

Even though the Celtics were able to take Game 3, the Nets still have the superior team. It took a superhuman effort from Jayson Tatum to pull off the win, and it was still only a six-point victory.

On Sunday, expect the Nets to come out on a mission, both making a concerted effort to slow down Tatum and to put the pressure on offensively. Expect the Nets to bounce back in a big way, not only winning the game but covering the 6.5-point spread as well.

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