Two Atlantic teams go head to head on Tuesday night. The Celtics hit the road to face the Nets at the Barclays Center. Head coach Ime Udoka secures his first five-game streak of the season. The squad is doing well on the road and is riding three road wins. Meanwhile, the Nets are at their lowest point of the season with eight-straight defeats behind them. The team also dropped to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and could lose the same spot to the Celtics if they lose this matchup.
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Celtics vs. Nets Game Information
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— 1st in net rating
— 1st in defensive rating
— 1st in opponent eFG%
— 13-6 record
— Tatum averaging 26/8/5
— Brown averaging 25/7/4 pic.twitter.com/RP6e1F0SyN
- When: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
- TV: TNT
- Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub (Celtics) / Sports Radio 66 (Nets)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Celtics (-6) / Nets (+6)
Why Bet on the Boston Celtics?
The Celts have plenty of momentum coming into this matchup. They scored 102 points or more in five of their last five games. The side averages 108.1 points (19th) per game on 45.0% shooting (22nd). Although they don’t have the numbers to match the Nets’ offense, there are plenty of ways for Boston to grab a sixth straight win.
On the offensive end, the Celtics have enough firepower from the close and mid-range. They average 52.8% two-point shooting (14th) as a team. The side takes advantage of their foul shots as well. Boston tops the league in free-throw percentage at 81.7% in 55 games played.
However, defense is where the Celtics win their games. They average 104.0 opponent points (fourth) per game and limit teams to 43.3% shooting (second). The visitors have the best two-point shooting defense in the league at the moment with an average of 49.3%. They also do well to protect the perimeter. Boston holds opponents to 34.1% three-point shooting (eighth). Additionally, the team’s rebounding improved and now average 53.5 total boards (tenth) per game with a solid 35.7 defensive rebounds (fourth) per game record.
The Celtics’ core lineup is healthy. Expect the trio of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum to take charge. Meanwhile, Al Horford and Robert Williams III provide plenty of defensive support and paint presence to complete a reliable starting five.
Why Bet on the Brooklyn Nets?
The Nets scored 106 points or less in five of their last seven games. This is surprising for a team that averages over 112 points per game since the beginning of the season. Nevertheless, the team maintains 111.3 points (tenth) per game.
Brooklyn holds the upper hand on offense looking at their stats. They are the better shooting team of the two with 47.0% shooting (fifth). The Nets can also match the Celtics’ free-throw shooting. They average 81.6% from the line and are the second-best record in the league right now. Additionally, if the Nets can get traction from downtown, the team can utilize its 35.4% three-point shooting percentage (16th) and try to keep things close. Combine this with better ball movement at 25.3 assists per game, the Nets can bounce back from the losing slump they are in.
Defensively, the Nets limit opponents to 110.8 points (20th) per game. They have an appealing shooting defense, holding teams to 44.6% shooting (ninth) and 33.1% three-point shooting (second).
Head coach Steve Nash is having injury trouble. He has a shallow lineup without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant at his disposal. On top of that, Harden’s hamstring issue leaves him questionable on Tuesday night. The huge dent on the Nets’ roster leaves the side vulnerable against the Celtics, and the rest of the players filling in have to step up to keep their fighting chances alive.
Celtics vs. Nets Betting Trends
- The Celtics are 4-1 in the last five road games (3-2 ATS).
- The Celtics are 0-5 in the last five road games against the Nets (0-5 ATS).
- The totals went under in four of the Celtics’ last five road games against the Nets.
- The Nets are 2-8 in the last ten games at the Barclays Center (1-9 ATS).
- The Nets are 4-1 in the last five games against the Celtics (4-1 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Nets’ last five games against the Celtics.
Celtics vs. Nets Expert Betting Prediction
It’s not every day we see the Nets come in as the underdogs, especially with home-court advantage on their side. But the Nets face injury plague that makes it difficult to overcome an inspired Celtics squad. Nevertheless, if Harden gets the green light and Patty Mills plays his best performance of the season, the hosts might keep things close enough to cover the spread and even force a narrow victory. Meanwhile, the Celtics look unfazed in the last week and are healthy enough to keep pressure on their upcoming opponents. They enter the contest as favorites to win.
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