The Boston Celtics were able to win a game at home to extend the series with the Brooklyn Nets. However, desperation is officially here, since they must win to keep going. Will they pull off a miracle and force another game in Boston? 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
Eastern Conference Round 1 NBA Playoffs Game 5 (BKN Leads 3-1)
Boston Celtics (36-36, 15-21 Away) vs. Brooklyn Nets (48-24, 28-8 Home)
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Following a Game 3 win, the Celtics somehow found a way to make Game 4 a competitive one in the first half. They played without Kemba Walker and Robert Williams III, who were both out with injuries. Both are considered doubtful again for today. This leads us to ask if the Celtics have enough weapons to remain competitive for a full game against the Nets. Game 4 tells us that Jayson Tatum will need to score at least 40 point to have a slight chance. However, he was held to 31 combined points in Games 1 and 2 in Brooklyn.
What is there to really say about the Nets? They’re stacked. James Harden is playing point guard, finding the open man between Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Joe Harris. When those three are off the court or cold, then Harden wins in iso, as he has done his entire career. Brooklyn does struggle to defend at times and they lack a dominating presence in the frontcourt. However, with Williams hurt for the Celtics, this doesn’t really matter in this series.
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: BOS: (+600) | BKN: (-910)
Spread: BOS: +12.5 (-110) | BKN: -12.5 (-110)
Total: 233 – Over: (-110) I Under: (+110)
Celtics vs Nets Betting Trends
- Boston is 6-12 against the spread (ATS) in its last 18 games.
- The total has hit the under in five of Boston’s last six road games.
- Brooklyn is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against Boston.
- The total has hit the over in four of Brooklyn’s last five games.
- Brooklyn is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games.
Celtics vs Nets Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Brooklyn a 60.7% chance to win Game 5 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
We see above how good the Nets are at covering the spread. They are 6-1 against the Celtics in their last seven games, 8-1 in their last nine games overall and 21-17 at home this season. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 16-22 ATS on the road and 20-27 against Eastern Conference teams. If Boston finds a way to make this somewhat competitive at halftime, I will live bet Brooklyn. That will be doubling down, since I’m also taking the Nets right now, despite the big spread.
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