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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(0-1) Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (1-0)
Date: Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
Time: 7:30 EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics +405 | Nets -455
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
Tuesday, May 25th the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets face each other for the second game of their opening-round playoff series with Brooklyn winning the first game 104-93.
Jaylen Brown was sorely missed and not just his defensive intensity but his scoring. Without him, it’s essential for others to step up.
Despite jumping out to an early lead in Game 1, the Celtics could only hold down the Nets Big 3 for so long, and without enough offense, it will be difficult for Boston to make the series competitive.
It also didn’t help that Jayson Tatum shot 6 of 20 for 22 points. Kemba Walker didn’t fare any better shooting 5 of 16 for 16 points.
Marcus Smart was more productive than Walker scoring 17 points while trade-deadline addition Evan Fournier chipped in 10 points.
The standout for the Celtics was Robert Williams III, particularly on the defensive end registering nine blocks and came very near an unusual triple-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Williams is dealing with turf toe so his participation wasn’t guaranteed and he’ll be playing through pain the entire series.
In just their ninth game all healthy and starting together the Nets Big 3 took a while to shake off the rust and get rolling – – precisely one half to be exact.
The trio shot a cumulative 5 of 20 from the field in the first half but clicked in the second half, improving their efficiency to 21 of 38.
Kevin Durant was far from his typical self shooting 10 of 25 but managed to register a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds.
Kyrie Irving was the most efficient of the trio shooting 11 of 20 for 29 points and solicited several oohs and aahs from the fans at Barclay with crossovers and drives to the paint.
James Harden was the low point-getter of the trio but came close to a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.
The only other Nets player to reach double figures was Joe Harris with 10 points and the reserves produced a mere 11 points compared to the Celtics 25.
Spencer Dinwiddie (right knee – partially torn ACL) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nets are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Nets are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone under in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games.
- The Celtics are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games.
- The Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 6 games against Brooklyn.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
It feels like the Celtics lost an opportunity to steal a game in Brooklyn especially when holding the Nets to 104 points. They did their job defensively but without some Celtics having big scoring nights they’ll be hardpressed to win a game let alone the series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Nets ATS
I’m not enamored by the whistle the Nets received as the refs seemed to turn a blind eye to clear fouls but superstars tend to get the benefit of the doubt.
It’s likely the Nets just get stronger as they develop chemistry but if the Celtics are going to win even a single game it’s likely to happen on their home court.
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