Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Betting Predictions

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Brooklyn vs. Boston, NBA Betting Predictions, March 11

The Boston Celtics ended the first half of the season on a four-game winning streak to right the ship after a rough stretch that lasted more than a month. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets entered the All-Star break as winners of 10 of their last 11 games and hope to pick up where they left off at home. Brooklyn should be able to outgun Boston out of the All-Star break, but this is far from the last time these two face off this season.

Nets vs. Celtics Betting Odds

No team entered the All-Star with as much momentum as the Brooklyn Nets, who had won 10 of their final 11 games in the first half of the season. Even more impressive is that they did almost all of it without Kevin Durant, who played in just one of Brooklyn’s last 13 games prior to the All-Star break. The Nets have defied expectations from skeptics like myself, who were concerned about their defense, by continuing to score at an elite level with James Harden and Kyrie Irving leading the way.

Brooklyn leads the league in field goal percentage at 50-percent shooting, which includes 40.7 percent shooting from behind the arc – second in the league. Perhaps to the key to all this success is Joe Harris, who is averaging 14.8 points per game and is the only Nets player to appear in all 37 games this season. During this most recent 11-game stretch, Harris is averaging 15.2 points per game and shooting 56.3 percent from the floor, including 53.3 percent from 3-point range.

The Nets will try to keep this momentum going against the Boston Celtics, who rallied to win their final four games before the break after a rough stretch from mid-January through the end of February. The good news for the Celtics is that Marcus Smart will return for Thursday’s contest in Brooklyn, but Boston will need Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to return to form after a needed break. Tatum was struggling for consistency as Boston headed into the All-Star break, shooting just 37.4 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from 3-point range in Boston’s last five games. Brown shot just 23.5 percent from behind the arc in his last four games before the break, and he missed a game in that span as well.

Brooklyn is deserved three-point favorites in this game at the legal sports betting sites in New Jersey, but I think it could be an even larger spread. Boston has scored 120 points or more just three times in its last 20 games while Brooklyn hit that mark seven times in their last 11 games. No defense has really been able to slow down the Nets recently, and the basketball betting sites in New Jersey underestimated that with this three-point spread. Therefore, I’m picking the Nets to win while laying 6.5 points for +165 odds as my main bet at the NBA betting sites in New Jersey. I am going to pair that wager with a look at the over/under in this game, which was set around 234 total points. Given the disparity in scoring performances with these two teams, I found this total fair, but I’m still going to bet over 235.5 total points for +104 odds.

Brooklyn Boston
888Sport
-143 +120
BetMGM
-145 +120
FanDuel
-142 +120

My Prediction

Brooklyn -3.5 points

The Celtics ended the first half of the season on a strong note, but Boston is not the same team it was last year. There is something off about the Celtics at the moment whereas the Nets found a strong rhythm in February and early March. Brooklyn is too strong at the moment for the Celtics, who might be a contender come playoff time.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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