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2020 NBA Handicapping
(1-0) Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics (1-0)
Date: Friday, December 25
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nets -140 | Celtics +135
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -3.0 | Celtics +3.0
NBA Betting Total: 228
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In the middle game of the Christmas Day slate, the Brooklyn Nets play the Boston Celtics. Both clubs won their opening night matches.
Last season, the squads played four times with the teams each winning twice. The Celtics hold the all-time record having won 131 matches of the 200 played.
The season opener served up answers for everyone who wondered how explosive the Brooklyn Nets would be once they integrated Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. To wit, Brooklyn easily beat the Warriors 125-99.
Granted, Draymond Green wasn’t playing and Klay Thompson is out for the seasaon so it put extra pressure on Stephen Curry who experienced a sub-par shooting night (7 of 21 from the field and 2 of 10 from deep).
The other big question was how KD would respond following his Achilles injury. Several superstars who’ve suffered that type of injury have lost a significant step in their return such as Kobe Bryant and Dominique Wilkins.
KD sure didn’t seem like he missed a beat as he moved well on the court and easily registered an impressive stat line of 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block playing just shy of 25 minutes.
Irving scored a game high 26 points, adding four rebounds and four assists. Caris LeVert also collected 20 points while Joe Harris was the only other Net in double-figures. Steve Nash collected his first win as a head coach playing all 15 players on his bench.
Nicola Claxton (knee) is out indefinitely.
A 3-point bank shot by Jayson Tatum and a missed free throw by the reigning MVP resulted in a one-point victory for the Boston Celtics over the Bucks in their season opener.
Tatum looked every bit the superstar in his first game of the season with 30 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block while hitting six triples.
Yet, arguably, Jaylen Brown offered the more impressive performance with 33 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block with no turnovers.
Brown’s playmaking was essential given the absence of Kemba Walker who remains out healing from a stem cell injection to his wonky knee.
In their Celtics debuts Jeff Teague scored 19 and Tristan Thompson added 12 points and eight rebounds. Daniel Theis who missed playing in the presesaon returned and was the fifth Celtic to score in double-figures.
Walker (knee) and Romeo Langford (wrist) won’t play on Christmas while Tacko Fall (eye) who missed the opener is questionable for Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- BK are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Under is 8-1 in BOS last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Irvings first visit to Boston last season resulted in fans peppering the Garden with posters of his image stamped with “coward” on them because he sat out the game.
This time he’ll play but without fans in attendance which is unfortunate given the dynamic an unhappy Bean Town crowd would add to the equation.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bet the over
The keys to the match are simply a matter of offense and defense.
While the Celtics are a strong defensive squad – can they keep up with Brooklyn’s offensive prowess? Conversely, the Nets priority will be the task of keeping Tatum and Brown and in check.
I’m leaning toward the Celtics based on them scoring 122 points on the Bucks and having the better defense, but I’m also pretty keen on the over.
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