Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 22, 2022

The Nets need more from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as the team heads back to Brooklyn for Game 3, hoping to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in their first round series against the Boston Celtics.

Boston
51-31
AT
April 23, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
44-38
Pointspread +4 -101
Moneyline +158
Over / Under o +222.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Pointspread -4 -120
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +222.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

The Boston Celtics took full advantage of home court and now lead their first round series against the Brooklyn Nets 2-0 following a 114-107 win on Wednesday.  The series will shift to Brooklyn for Saturday’s Game 3.

The Nets are 3-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 223.0.

Celtics vs. Nets NBA Betting Odds

Game 2 was the first time these teams have combined to go Under the total in six combined meetings in the regular season and playoffs this year.  The Over trend has been more of a theme for Boston.  The Celtics finished above the number in 11 of their last 14 games.  The Nets have gone Under in seven of their last nine games.  Boston covered as a 3.5-point favourite in Game 2 and sit 5-1 against the spread in their last six contests.  Brooklyn is trending in a different direction, going 3-8 ATS in their last 11.

The Celtics have been bumped up to -453 favourites to win the series after entering Game 2 as -222 favourites.  The Nets are currently +273 series underdogs.  The series going the distance and ending in Game 7 is favoured at +191, while a four-game Boston sweep is a +401 long shot.

Boston Celtics

After Jayson Tatum‘s heroics in Game 1, it was Jaylen Brown‘s turn in Game 2.  Brown finished the night with a team-high 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and six assists.  Tatum had a quieter, but still effective night, dropping 19 points and 10 dimes.  Grant Williams added 17 points, Al Horford had 16 and Payton Pritchard had eight of his 10 points in the final period.  One area of concern was the nine turnovers Boston committed in the first half.

The Celtics trailed for large portions of the game.  They were down the entire first half and didn’t level things until they tied the game at 79.  Boston then trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter, before going on a 23-4 run and eventually winning the game.  Defensively, the Celtics shut Brooklyn down even more successfully than they did in Game 1, limiting Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to a combined 1 for 17 shooting in the second half.  Shutting that duo down again will obviously be the main game plan for Game 3.

Brooklyn Nets

Any Brooklyn fans who expected a bounce-back performance after losing Game 1 were likely pretty upset with the team’s performance in Game 2, particularly from stars Durant and Irving.  Durant had a game-high 27 points, but he completely fell apart in the second half, failing to get a basket after the break.  He struggled from the field for a second straight game, shooting 4-of-17.  Irving was even worse, recording just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.  The Nets superstar has been a lightning rod of controversy for multiple reasons over the last few years.  He was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for obscene gestures and profanity directed towards Boston fans in Game 1.

The depth players did their part in Game 2.  Bruce Brown Jr. put up 23 points and eight rebounds, while Toronto Raptors legend Goran Dragic chipped in 18 points.  Seth Curry added 16 points.  If Brooklyn is going to crawl back into this series, however, Game 3 is a must-win.  Like Dragic’s former Raptors teammates are currently struggling with, no NBA team has ever come back to win a series after trailing 3-0.  The good news is Ben Simmons is reportedly targeting Game 4 for his season debut.  That would also be his Nets debut.  The bad news is Simmons’ return might not make much of a difference in this series if Brooklyn doesn’t win Game 3.

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