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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(1-3) Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (3-1)
Date: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Time: 7:30 EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics +8000 | Nets -840
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -12.5
NBA Betting Total: 231.5
The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets face each other for the fifth game of their opening-round playoff series. Brooklyn leads the series three games to one and will endeavor to complete the gentleman’s sweep via a win Tuesday.
Jayson Tatum got the Celtics back in the series but then a series of injuries drastically altered the rotation with Kemba Walker not being able to go Sunday with a knee bruise to the same knee he missed multiple games for early in the season.
Kyrie Irving got mercilessly booed in both games in Boston and accosted by a fan who attempted to hit him with a water bottle and was subsequently charged.
Irving struggled in Game 3 but seemed buoyed by the full house on Sunday as the Nets went on to a 141-126 victory. Another 40 point frame (2nd quarter) helped the Nets build a lead in Game 4 as each of the Big 3 had productive offensive outings.
Aside from Walker, Robert Williams III was also out in Game 4 dealing with an ankle sprain. That put a lot of pressure on Tatum and the young Celtics roster who don’t have a ton of playmakers.
The young Celtics superstar was visibly upset as he felt he was getting repeatedly fouled without calls but it’s hard to put much credence in that argument given his 17 attempts.
Despite his angst, Tatum followed up his 50 point effort wth 40 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal, and two blocks.
Marcus Smart (16), Evan Fournier (16), Payton Pritchard (12), Aaron Nesmith (11), and Jabari Parker (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Williams (sprained ankle/turf toe) and Walker (knee) are questionable for Tuesday.
The Big 3 were on fire in this game with each contributing to the victory. At one point with Brooklyn leading 107-83 the trio had scored 84 points so more than the entire Boston squad.
Efficiency was the key for Kevin Durant who led the way with 42 points shooting 70 percent from the field (14 of 20), 3 of 3 from deep and 11 of 11 from the line.
Irving was less effective (11 of 24) but produced 39 points also perfect from the line (11 of 11), hit half of his 3-pointers (6 of 12) and grabbed 11 rebounds.
James Harden scored the least of the trio but dished 18 dimes to go along with 23 points, five rebounds, two steals, and three blocks.
Adding that all up the Big 3 accounted for 104 of 141 points, 20 of 36 rebounds, 25 of 29 assists, five of eight steals, and five of 11 blocks.
Joe Harris and Bruce Brown were the other Nets to reach double figures each scoring 14 points.
Jeff Green will miss the next 10 days with plantar fasciitis. Spencer Dinwiddie (right knee – partially torn ACL) is out for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nets are 8-2 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 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone under in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games on the road.
- The Celtics are 6-12 ATS in their last 18 games.
- The Nets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction:
While Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart are scrappy competitors with their injuries and the momentum shift the series should be over today.
Still, the 12.5 points is a huge spread even with the offensive prowess of Brooklyn, so let’s call it a series but with the Celtics keeping it within the spread.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics +12.5
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