Two Eastern Conference teams sitting within the playoff places are clashing today, when the Boston Celtics (30-19), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Brooklyn Nets (27-23), who on the other hand want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 01-28-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -10.5
Boston Celtics have a 30-19 record (25-24 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. In their last game they saw a five-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Warriors with a 111-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.7 ppg, adding 4.8 boards and a team high 6.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.4 ppg and a team high 6.2 boards per game.
Brooklyn Nets have a 27-23 record (28-22 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the East. They won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against the Knicks with a 109-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 19.2 ppg, adding a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Caris LeVert with 18.4 ppg, 4.3 boards and 3.7 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home ( Celtics by 21 and Nets by 7). Celtics have a 19-6 home record, while the Nets are 12-12 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 112.2 ppg to Nets’ 111.8 and defensively, allowing 105.9 ppg to Nets’ 111.4. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46% to 45.5%) and in 3-pointers (37% to 36.1%). Celtics are better in turnovers committed (13 to 14.6) and in dimes made (25.9 to 23.4), while Nets are better in boards grabbed (46.2 to 45). Celtics are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -10.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a mediocre on the road Nets team.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -10.5 (-110)
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