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(43-25) Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (13-54)
Date: Friday March 17
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -110, Nets -110
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -9
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
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On St. Patrick’s Day, the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets will square off for the third time of the 2016-17 season, with the Celtics winning the first two meetings. The season is drawing to a close and the Celtics are looking to position themselves favorably for the playoffs.
The Celtics currently hold the two seed in the Eastern Conference and are within striking distance of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the one seed and home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
The Nets on the other hand are simply trying to stay competitive and offer playing time to their younger guys.
The Nets also have no incentive to take as their 1st round pick is due to the Celtics in the upcoming draft.
The Celtics are coming off two big home wins, the most recent of which against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and will head to Brooklyn after a day off.
As big as their win was on Wednesday, they also suffered a big loss. Leading scorer, assist man and diminutive superhero Isiah Thomas suffered a bone bruise to his knee and will miss the entire weekend’s games, to include Friday’s tilt with the Nets.
In four games this season without their superstar point guard the Celtics have gone 1-3 and will look to buck that trend on Friday.
Marcus Smart will start for the team and their depth will be in question as James Young is also questionable for this game. Expect the Celtics to play a bit bigger than they’re used to.
Given the injuries, this matchup against Brooklyn couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Celtics have been struggling as of late offensively, scoring at a rate more than four points below their season average of 107.6 per game.
During that five game span, a west coast road trip, they have gone 3-2. Travel and also three games in four days surely didn’t lend themselves to their success.
The Nets themselves are coming off of a hot streak by their standards, finishing 2-3 in their last five games. Both wins came against a reeling New York Knicks team, but the Nets have been on a bit of a surge considering the circumstances.
Of their 13 wins on the season, four have come within the last two weeks as they begin to develop some continuity with their younger players.
The timing for Thomas’ injury couldn’t have come for a better time than the Nets either.
They’ve been hemorrhaging points this season, giving up a league worst 114.1 points per game, but have improved their defensive rate by almost three points over the past five games.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 22-14-2 ATS after one day of rest
- Celtics are 21-13-2 ATS on the road
- Nets are 3-13 ATS in last 16 home games
- Nets are 7-13 at home ATS against teams above .500
Free Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
Despite Thomas’ injury, the Celtics are playing for something meaningful, whereas the Nets are playing for nothing. Expect the Celtics to win easily after a restful day off.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -9
A much deeper, much more inspired Celtics team will win and cover against a Nets team that struggles against good teams.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 109 – Brooklyn 98
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