Check out our free Nets vs Celtics pick and preview for this NBA game in Boston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Nets vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
- Where: Boston at TD Garden
- Date: Wednesday, February 1st
- Betting Odds BOS -8.5, BKN +292 | BOS -370 O/U 226.5
The Nets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-19. So far, the team has gone 25-24-1 against the spread. Brooklyn has posted an average scoring differential of 12.0 points per game across their currrent 2 game win streak.
The Nets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Lakers by a score of 121-104. Heading into the game, they were 8 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Brooklyn was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Lakers to cut into their 12 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Kyrie Irving, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 43.8% of his shots.
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 36-15. So far, the team has gone 25-25-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Boston is 0-3 vs the spread in these matchups.
Boston is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Lakers. Going into the game, they were 7 point favorites against the spread. Their 125-121 victory was not enough to cover. Even though Boston trailed by 6 heading into the 2nd half, they put together a strong enough 3rd quarter to even the score. In the win, Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 37 points on a field goal percentage of 56.5%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 110.0 points per game vs the Celtics. On the other side, Boston saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Nets, as they averaged 121.25 points per game in these matchups. In terms of betting, Boston has an ATS record of 5-0 in the previous 5 matchups vs Brooklyn. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +8 points per game in favor of the Celtics. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 212 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Nets come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 114.6 points per game. The Nets come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.5 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Brooklyn has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.7 turnovers per game.
Against the Celtics, the Nets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 18th in points allowed.
Kyrie Irving is expected to play a key role in Brooklyn’s scoring efforts against the Boston today, as Kevin Durant is unavailable. Durant is the team’s leading scorer this season with 29.7 points per game. Irving is 2nd in scoring for the team with 27.3 points per game, which ranks him 11.0th in the NBA. In his 39 games, he has hit 48.6% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game.
Coming into today’s action, Boston is averaging 117.8 points per contest. This figure places them 3rd in the league. So far, the Celtics are averaging 99.7 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key reason behind the team’s overall offensive success is their ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Despite their slow style of play, their 3-point shooting percentage of 37.0% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Celtics are giving up an average of 104.48 points per game, good for 1st in the NBA.
This season, the Celtics offense has primarily worked through Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 48 games, Tatum is 4th in the NBA at 31.1 points per game. So far, him and Brown have accounted for 48% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 58.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jaylen Brown is grabbing 7.2 rebounds for Boston to go along with 3.2 assists.
Nets vs Celtics Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -8.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 226.5