In this all-Eastern battle between two teams sitting within the top-8 places of the conference, the second Boston Celtics (12-4), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the seventh Brooklyn Nets (9-8), who also want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 11-26-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -7
Boston Celtics have a 12-4 record (9-5-2 against the spread) and are tied with the Heat in the second place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning a home against the Kings with a 103-102 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 21.1 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and 4.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 20.5 ppg and 6.9 boards per game.
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Brooklyn Nets have a 9-8 record (8-9 against the spread) so far this season and sitting in the 7th place of the East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Cavaliers with a 108-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 28.5 ppg, adding 5.4 boards and a team high 7.2 dimes per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Spencer Dinwiddie with 19.8 ppg and 5.4 dimes per game.
In their four meetings last season both teams were tied 2-2 wins with each team winning twice at home (Celtics won by an average of 14.5 points). Celtics are 6-0 at home, while the Nets are 4-5 on the road. Nets are better offensively, scoring 112.7 ppg to Celtics’ 110.2, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing 103.7 ppg to Nets’ 113.9. Nets have a better field goal percentage (44.9% to 44.1%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (34.3% to 34.2%). Nets are better in boards grabbed (47.1 to 46.1), while Celtics are better both in turnovers committed (12 to 15.4) and in dimes made (24.1 to 22.9). Bookmakers give the Celtics a -7 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a Nets team that will be missing their star player today.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -7 (-107)
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