In Game 1, the Brooklyn Nets outlasted the Boston Celtics, 104-93, to take a 1-0 lead in the series. It could be argued that Game 2 is a must-win game for the Celtics, as a 2-0 deficit may be too much against Brooklyn’s loaded big three. The Boston offense was much too inefficient shooting under 37% from the field while Brooklyn was able to shoot just under 42%. While Boston certainly will put up a better performance in Game 2, so will the Nets most likely, as Joe Harris and James Harden only combined for 9-24 shooting and 4-14 from three. So, what can we expect in Game 2? This NBA betting preview for the Celtics vs Nets NBA Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 2 of this series.
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Betting Preview and Prediction | NBA Playoffs
NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals NBA Playoffs Game 2 (BKN Leads 1-0)
Boston Celtics (36-36, 15-21 Away) vs. Brooklyn Nets (48-24, 28-8 Home)
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
The Celtics had a tall task ahead of them in Game 1, and to be in the game into the fourth quarter is impressive in itself. Without Jaylen Brown and with their inconsistent at best play even with him in the lineup, this team is no match for the Nets. The only way for Boston to win is to either get lucky and get an off night by the Nets, or have Jayson Tatum play out of his mind and drop 50+ points. Even with Brad Stevens being one of the best coaches in the NBA, even he can do so much. It’ll be tough to match the firepower of Brooklyn and we’ll see what he has in mind for Game 2.
Brooklyn has basically been penciled in to the next round by fans in their brackets before the NBA Playoffs even started, and Game 1 showed why. Even on off nights from Harden and Harris, the Nets were just too much for the Celtics. The one big flaw of Brooklyn is their lack of an inside presence. Fortunately for Brooklyn, Boston doesn’t have a player that can impose their will in the post and make them pay. If Brooklyn plays their game, they should be in good shape in Game 2.
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: BOS: (+350) | BKN: (-500)
Spread: BOS: +9.5 (-110) | BKN: -9.5 (-110)
Total: 227 – Over: (-110) I Under: (+110)
Odds to Win NBA Finals: BOS: (+20000) | BKN: (+220)
Celtics vs Nets Betting Trends
- The under has hit in Boston’s last five games
- Boston is 1-6 straight up in its last seven games against Brooklyn
- Brooklyn are 6-0 against the spread in its last six games.
- The under has hit in seven of Brooklyn’s last 10 games
Celtics vs Nets Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Brooklyn a 60.5% chance to win Game 2 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
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