A difference will be seen with the Nets this year. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are healthy and ready. Brooklyn won’t be shorthanded this year. By contrast, Boston may be without Kemba Walker. A bad knee could keep him out of Friday’s season opener. Brooklyn and the Celtics are top tier Eastern Conference NBA betting favorites. Boston reclaimed its team approach and defense last season. Irving was a big part of the Celtics losing it. His departure has proven to be a breath of fresh air. Indeed, coach Brad Stevens was much happier without Irving.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Betting Information
|Date and Time:||Friday, December 25, 2020, 5 p.m. ET|
|Location:||TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts|
|Nets at Celtics TV Coverage:||ABC|
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics Overview
To begin with, the Celtics are a name brand sportsbook public choice. Brooklyn is catching action based on their full strength potential.
Brooklyn Nets Team Overview
Last season Kyrie Irving played in only 20 games. Brooklyn wasn’t able to generate any kind of charge without him. Yet Irving still managed 27.4 points and 5.2 assists per game. He is a six-time NBA All-Star. Meanwhile, ten-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant missed all of 2019-20. His return is key to Brooklyn’s status as chalk. In his last full season, he averaged 26 points per game for Golden State. Also of interest is the debut of rookie head coach Steve Nash.
Boston Celtics Team Overview
Namely, Jayson Tatum has developed into a key NBA betting asset. Tatum led the Celtics with a career-high 25.7 points per game in 2019-20. Most important of all was his 25.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per playoff game. Tatum was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in 2020. And then Jaylen Brown is another key player for the Celtics. Brown averaged 20.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Brad Stevens has proven to be one of the best NBA coaches. Consider Boston’s rank of 2nd in the NBA for points allowed.
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics Against the Spread
The Nets are:
- 38-38 against the spread
- 14-18 vs. the odds on the road
- 6-14 on the board in Atlantic Division games
- 22-20 vs. the line as a dog
- 38-37-1 over the total
- 16-16 over and under on the road
- 11-9 over the total in Atlantic Division matchups
- 23-18-1 to the over as a dog
The Celtics are:
- 51-34-4 against the spread
- 18-13-1 vs. the odds at home
- 16-10 on the board in Atlantic Division games
- 33-28-4 vs. the line as a favorite
- 41-47 under the total
- 15-17 under the total at home
- 10-16 to the under in Atlantic Division games
- 34-30-1 over the number as chalk
Head to Head Against the Spread
Brooklyn has covered five of their last seven against the Celtics
The Celtics and Nets have cleared the total in their last four meetings
Boston is 4-2 against the spread at home vs. the Nets
This series is 4-2 over the total at Boston
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics SBG Free Pick
In this situation, the Nets will get more action than normal. But the fact remains the Celtics have played together longer. In turn, Boston’s defense is a proven asset.
Nets at Celtics SBG Best Bet: Boston Celtics.