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(12-2) Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (5-8)
Date: Tuesday November 14th
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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Both teams could be without their starting point guards on Tuesday night but the surrounding talent for each team is much different.
Kyrie Irving missed the last game with a facial fracture and may miss Tuesday as well while D’Angelo Russell is expected to miss the next several games with a knee contusion.
After dropping the first two games of the season to the Cavs and the Bucks, the Celtics have won twelve straight games.
Led by a variety of different players, the Celtics have not only survived but thrived since they lost Gordon Hayward to a bad ankle injury in the opening minutes of their season.
Irving has been leading the way for the Celtics since then but several other players have stepped up. Last game when Irving was out, Al Horford led the Celtics with 21 points while guards Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown combined for 48 points.
The Celtics have been winning with defense though. They currently rank first in the NBA in points allowed per game allowing just 94 per game.
An area many thought Boston could struggle was rebounding as outside of Horford, they don’t have a ton of great rebounders. But, they currently rank 2nd in the NBA in rebounding margin.
With or without Kyrie, the Celtics will rely on controlling the glass and defending the basketball. Both should come easily against Brooklyn who without Russell become a much less formidable offensive team.
Russell has enjoyed himself since being traded from Los Angeles to Brooklyn this offseason. He is averaging 21 points and 5.7 assists per game for the Nets.
Russell has the third highest usage rate in the NBA this season behind only James Harden and Kristaps Porzingis.
So with Russell out, the Nets playmaking will have to come from somewhere else. With Jeremy Lin out for the season, it should fall to Spencer Dinwiddie but he is returning from a hamstring injury and missed last game.
The one game that Russell missed this season the Nets managed to beat the Cavs 112-107.
They had Dinwiddie in that game though and he was very productive – 22 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes.
The Nets are returning home from a 5 game road trip where they went 2-3. They have put together solid performances this season against good teams but without Russell, matching up with the red-hot Celtics could be problematic.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings
- Brooklyn is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games
- Under is 7-1 in Boston’s last 8 games vs the Eastern Conference
Free Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
Irving is obviously important to the Celtics but in this situation, Dinwiddie is almost equally as important for the Nets. With Russell definitely out, Dinwiddie may be their only playmaking hope for a little while. The Celtics showed in their win over Toronto without Kyrie that they are a very complete team that won’t need to depend on just one player.
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With Kyrie’s status still up in the air, no line has been posted for the game yet. Dinwiddie being announced as ready for action is big for the Nets so I expect their offense to be able to produce a bit. This could be the spot where the Celtics streak is stopped. I think the Nets keep this one close at least.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 105 – Nets 103
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