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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(2-0) Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics (0-2)
Date: Friday, May 28th, 2021
Time: 8:30 EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nets -290 | Celtics +260
NBA Betting Odds: Nets -7
NBA Betting Total: 228
The first-round series between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics now moves to the TD Garden for the next two matches. The Nets Big 3 are dominating the series in which Brooklyn leads 2-0 and are showcasing just how lethal they can be with three superstars and two former MVPs leading the club.
The Nets won the opening game 104-93 and routed Boston in the second match 130-108. Notably, Jayson Tatum didn’t play the entire game after he was accidentally poked in the eye by Kevin Durant.
While it seems very much like the Nets and Bucks are on a collision course to meet in the conference semifinals the arrival of Kyrie Irving in Boston will add all kinds of drama to the next two games given how his tenure went in Beantown.
The Big 3 are the reason teams are worried about facing the Nets and oddsmakers have them earmarked as one of the title favorites.
Yet, it’s the support staff who opposing teams can’t afford to ignore as Joe Harris fully demonstrated in the Tuesday night rout of Boston.
Harris was blistering hot from the perimeter connecting on seven 3-pointers draining four in the first quarter en route to a 16 point frame. He finished with a career-best 25 points.
All five Nets starters plus Landry Shamet produced double-figure scores. While Harris was the focus early the stars also feasted in the rout. Kevin Durant led the way with 26 points eight rebounds, five assists, a steal, and four blocks.
James Harden posted 20 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and a steal while Kyrie Irving delivered 15 points, six rebounds, six assists, and a block.
One concern was Jeff Green who has been one of the Nets’ best defenders had to leave the game with a bruised left foot making his status for Game 3 questionable.
Spencer Dinwiddie (right knee – partially torn ACL) is out for the season.
With Jaylen Brown already out and Robert Williams III dealing with turf toe witnessing Jayson Tatum having to leave the match felt like the Celtics raising the white flag.
However, while Tatum could perhaps have returned why force the issue with the Celtics down 55-80 at the time (8:48 of third quarter) of the injury.
Unlike Game 1, this second match was over before halftime although some Celtics battled it was too little, too late, and nowhere near enough offense.
Four of the five Celtics starters collected double-figures with Marcus Smart leading the way with 19 points, six assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
Kemba Walker offered 17 points, Tristan Thompson registered a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds while Evan Fournier added 16 points connecting on four of his five 3-point attempts.
Tatum (eye) is listed as day-to-day but if he doesn’t suit up Friday consider it a sign the Celtics are conceding the series. Jaylen Brown (wrist) 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 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The total has gone under in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games.
- The Celtics are 5-11 ATS in their last 15 games.
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The assumption is Tatum will play but even if he does he’ll need more than Kemba Walker to help offensively and the Celtics will need to get out to a strong defensive start.
No doubt the Celtics faithful will make it known what they think of Kyrie Irving but even with Brooklyn’s defense yet to be fully tested Boston needs to play virtually a perfect game to get the win.
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