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Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The first round of the NBA playoffs continues on Friday, and the Eastern Conference will be on full display as the Brooklyn Nets (2-0) take on the Boston Celtics (0-2). The Celtics will host this one at the TD Garden with tipoff scheduled for 8:30 pm ET.

The Nets have taken a commanding 2-0 lead after a pair of double-digit wins. On Tuesday, the Nets blew out the Celtics 130-108. In the win, James Harden, Joe Harris, and Kevin Durant each had 20 or more points while Kyrie Irving added 15.

In the loss, Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 19 points, six assists, and three rebounds. Kemba Walker added 17, and Evan Fournier had 16 points.

The Nets are the favorites despite playing on the road. They are -310 to win while the Celtics’ moneyline is +250. The spread features Boston +7, and the over/under for total points is 227.

By The Numbers

This season, only the Milwaukee Bucks were a more proficient scoring team than the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets average 118.5 points per game. The Celtics rank 17th averaging 112.4 points per game.

Defensively, Boston holds the edge. They rank 12th in scoring defense, allowing 111.2 points per game. The Nets rank 21st allowing opponents 113.7 points per game.

Nets Look To Continue Domination Of Celtics

As evidenced in the first two games, the Nets are pretty dominant at home. In fact, they were 28-8 at home during the regular season. Scarily for the Celtics, though, they are pretty good on the road, too (20-16).

The Nets have a little bit of everything. They have three superstars in Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving. The Nets also have a decent amount of depth in Joe Harris, Landry Shamet, and Blake Griffin.

During the regular season, Durant averaged 26.9 points on 53.7% shooting. He also averaged 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists.

Harden averaged 24.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 10.8 assists, and 1.2 steals, while Kyrie Irving averaged 26.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and six assists. With all three healthy and contributing, the rest of the league needs to be on high alert.

Celtics Try To Overcome Injuries

The Celtics were already longshots to win this one against the Nets, but injuries are making their odds even tougher. Already without Jaylen Brown, who is out for the season with a wrist injury, the Celtics could be without another star Friday.

According to Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports, guard Kemba Walker is questionable for Friday’s contest as a result of a left knee injury. In 43 games during the regular season, Walker averaged 19.3 points, four rebounds, and 4.9 assists.

Luckily for the Celtics, they should have Jayson Tatum back on the floor Friday. After leaving Game 3 with an eye injury, Tatum is probable for this game. On the season, Tatum averaged 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Taking Nets To Win And Cover

Generally, when it comes to the NBA playoffs, it is hard to bet large spreads. Oftentimes, the games slow down, and defense comes into play a little more.

Despite that, this seems like a dreadful matchup for a shorthanded Celtics team. There is a reason that the Nets have the best odds to win the NBA championship. They are loaded with stars and have added significant depth throughout the season.

While seven points might seem like a lot, especially on the road, take Brooklyn to both win and cover the spread in this one.

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