Free NBA Pick: Nets vs Celtics Lines
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(0-0) Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics (0-0)
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 25
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: BOS -13
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The Boston Celtics open the 2016-17 NBA season against the very team that is responsible for giving them the third pick in this summer’s draft: the Brooklyn Nets.
Not only was Boston able to cash in and draft Jaylen Brown this offseason, but the team also owns the Nets’ first-round pick again in 2017.
As if there wasn’t already enough motivation to play well in Game 1 of the season, the C’s should recognize that every loss the Nets collect is improved draft positioning for them this upcoming summer.
The Brooklyn Nets are going to be bad this season.
Casual fans probably can’t name more than three players on their roster, and even avid fans and analysts have a hard time finding much positivity coming out of Brooklyn this season.
One place you can look if you’re trying to find optimism is the summer signing of Jeremy Lin.
No, he’s not going to bring Linsanity back to New York the way he did when he was with the Knicks, but he should give this team the consistency it needs out of its starting point guard.
Against the Celtics, the goal will be to contain the team’s high-octane offense. Not only were they fifth in the league in scoring last season (105.7 points per game), but they’ve added a center in Al Horford who can score both at the rim and beyond the arc.
This could be problematic considering Brooklyn was just 24th in the NBA last season in terms of points per game allowed (106 per contest).
The Celtics, on paper, should be able to win this game. The question will be: by how much?
There are a few factors that will determine the answer to this query.
For starters, is Jeremy Lin allowed to penetrate the defense? His ability to finish at the rim is better than advertised, and his willingness to drive and kick helps sets up the Nets’ perimeter shooters.
Staying in front of him in one-on-one situations could be difficult for Isaiah Thomas.
Another factor is Brook Lopez. He’s a center who can score in multiple facets, and now with Brooklyn running a quicker offense with more motion, allowing him to get comfortable will lead to a better offensive production.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nets are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Nets are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- Nets are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Nets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
- Celtics are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 home games.
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction
A 13-point spread is high, meaning the Celtics will need everything to go right to win ATS.
Luckily for them, they’re playing a team that regularly makes opponents look like well-oiled machines.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: BOS -13
If the Celtics are sloppy in their first game of the season, Brooklyn may be able to make this a single-digit loss. But at this juncture, it’s difficult to picture the Celtics (the projected second-best team out East) beating the Nets (the projected worst team in the NBA) by anything less than 15 points.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 105 – Brooklyn 88
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