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(31-10) Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (208.5)
Date: Saturday, January 6
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Brooklyn Nets +5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets may be on the opposite ends of the competitive spectrum, but the Nets have put together a nice, modest resume so far this season.
Then again, that shouldn’t be terribly surprising.
Although they lack the talent to compete at a high level, they are extremely well coached with Kenny Atkinsons leading the way, and they have no incentive to tank with the Cleveland Cavaliers owning their first-round draft pick (via the Celtics).
The Boston Celtics enter this contest averaging 103.4 points per game. That number is good enough for 20th in the league.
In terms of offensive efficiency, this group jumps up to a 13th place ranking. They score 105.4 points per 100 possessions, which puts them in between the 12th place Oklahoma City Thunder and the 14th place San Antonio Spurs.
Defensively, Boston is giving up 98.2 points per contest. That number is good enough for first in the NBA.
When looking at defensive efficiency, the Beantown squad gives up just 100.4 points per 100 possessions. That number is also good enough for first in the league, putting them directly ahead of the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
The Brooklyn Nets enter this contest averaging 106.9 points per night. That number is good enough for ninth in the NBA.
If that number seems high to you, that’s because it is. In terms of offensive efficiency, this squad is tied with the Utah Jazz for 20th, scoring just 104 points every 100 possessions.
So how is it possible that they’re top 10 in raw points per game? Pace, pace, pace.
The Nets run the fifth-fastest pace in the league, meaning they’re creating more possessions, meaning they’re scoring more points—even if not efficiently.
Defensively, the Nets are giving up 109.2 points per night. That number is only good enough for 26th in the Association.
If you’re thinking to yourself, that must also be because of the pace…think again.
It’s true that Nets opponents have more opportunities to score because of the pace, but Brooklyn struggles in terms of efficiency on that side of the floor.
In terms of defensive efficiency, Brooklyn is just 19th, giving up 106.7 points per 100 possesions. While that may be a jump, it still leaves them nearing the league’s bottom 10.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 11-1 in BOS last 12 Sat. games.
- Under is 7-2 in BOS last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- BOS are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games.
- Under is 10-3 in BK last 13 games as an underdog.
- Under is 13-4 in BK last 17 overall.
- Road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
The Celtics are the easy winners in this one on paper, but they’re so much the favorites when looking at the rosters, it’s almost strange to see that they’re just five-point favorites at the hands of oddsmakers.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -5
While five points could very well be one of the largers spreads on Saturday, it’s still generous for Brooklyn.
The Celtics should take care of business by near double digits, if not 10 plus.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston Celtics 112 – Brooklyn Nets 103
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