This series has gone about as expected; the Brooklyn Nets have dominated the Boston Celtics. Game 2 resulted in a 22-point Nets win, giving them a 2-0 series lead. Can Boston narrow the game at home? This NBA betting preview for the Nets vs Celtics NBA Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 3 of this series.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Betting Preview and Prediction | NBA Playoffs
NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals NBA Playoffs Game 3 (BKN Leads 2-0)
Brooklyn Nets (48-24, 20-16 Away) vs. Boston Celtics (36-36, 21-15 Home)
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Time: 8:30 pm EST
Venue: TD Garden – Boston, MA
Game 2 went as most us expected it to. The Nets coasted to a 22-point victory, while none of their starters saw 30 minutes. Of Brooklyn’s starting five, it may be surprising that Joe Harris helped the Nets explode out of the gates. He totaled 25 points, hitting seven shots from downtown. It was a balanced attack from the “big three.” Kevin Durant scored 26 points with five assists, James Harden scored 20 points with seven assists, and Kyrie Irving had 15 points and six assists. They simply are more talented than the Celtics, and the shift to Boston shouldn’t change that.
Another postseason, another Celtics point guard banged up. Kemba Walker is apparently questionable to play today, as he is listed with a left knee medial bone bruise. In my personal opinion, I think his ego may be more bruised than his knee. If Walker joins Jaylen Brown on the sideline, then the Celtics have zero chance to win this series. This becomes even more true if Jayson Tatum continues to not show up. In Game 2, he scored nine points on 3-12 shooting. Not only is this not good enough to win this game, it’s not good enough for the Celtics to even be competitive during the game.
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: BKN: (-345) | BOS: (+290)
Spread: BKN: +8 (-110) | BOS: -8 (-110)
Total: 226.5 – Over: (-110) I Under: (-110)
Nets vs Celtics Betting Trends
- Brooklyn is 7-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last seven games.
- Brooklyn is 5-0 ATS in its last five games against Boston.
- Boston is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games.
- The total has hit the under in five of Boston’s last six games.
Nets vs Celtics Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Boston a 56.6% chance to win Game 3 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
This doesn’t need much analysis. Could Tatum get hot and lead the Celtics to victory? Sure. However, Tatum could score 50 points and the Celtics still lose. I also don’t expect him to score 50, 40, or 30. The Nets should win and cover today, though Boston should at least force Brooklyn to try in this game.
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