Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 5 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 31, 2021

Boston has had now answer for the Nets in this series, as the big three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are combining to average 85.9 points per game.

Boston
36-36
AT
June 01, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
48-24
Pointspread +12.5 -109
Moneyline +606
Over / Under o +234.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

Pointspread -12.5 -110
Moneyline -788
Over / Under u +234.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

The Brooklyn Nets look like they’re already waiting for their second round opponent.  It’s tough to blame them after a 141-126 win on Sunday gave them a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series with the Boston Celtics.

Brooklyn is a heavy 12-point favourite on the NBA odds to win Tuesday’s Game 5.  The total is set at 231.5.

Celtics vs. Nets NBA Playoff Odds

It’s pretty clear what Sports Interaction bettors think will happen in Game 5.  Early action has 80 per cent of bettors picking the Nets to win and the Over to hit.  It’s not a far stretch to think that’s exactly what will happen, as outside of Game 3, Brooklyn has looked dominant in this series and the Over has hit in the last three games.

The Celtics have struggled against Brooklyn.  They’ve now dropped six of their last seven games against the Nets and they haven’t covered in eight straight games in Brooklyn.  Their odds have dropped to an astronomical +20,000 to win the Eastern Conference and +35,000 to win the NBA Championship.

Up big in the series, Brooklyn looks like they’re on cruise control, winning eight of their last nine games.  They’re on a five-game winning streak and have covered in four of those games.  The Nets have the best odds to win the Eastern Conference at -105 and the best odds to win the NBA Championship at +210.

Boston Celtics

Already without Jaylen Brown for the rest of the year, Boston received devastating news prior to Game 4’s tip-off, as Kemba Walker (knee) and Robert Williams III (toe) were ruled out at the last minute.  With those two players out, the Celtics lost 44.0 points of much needed production.  Romeo Langford was moved into the starting lineup, after appearing in just 18 games during the regular season.  Langford finished with nine points.

The lone bright spot in Game 4 was Jayson Tatum.  After a 50-point Game 3, Tatum finished with 40 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field in Game 4.  He also hit all 17 of his free-throw attempts.  The big issue with Boston right now is clearly a lack of support for Tatum.  Regardless of what the Celtics do on defence, Brooklyn’s offence is too good to contain, so Boston needs to outscore the Nets if they have a chance in this series.

Brooklyn Nets

It was the big three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving getting it done again on Sunday.  With 42 points in the game, and 17 in the third quarter alone, Durant became the first player in franchise history with back-to-back 35+ point playoff games.  Irving said goodbye to his former Boston fans with 39 points of his own in Game 4.  It was the second time in NBA playoff history where a team had multiple 35-point scorers in consecutive games (the 1962 Lakers are the other team).

Harden was no slouch in this game either, though.  The former MVP acted as a link between Durant, Irving and the offence in general.  He finished with 23 points and a playoff career-high 18 assists.  It was the first 20-point, 15-assist game in franchise history.  What we’re saying is, this trio is pretty good.  They combined for 104 of Brooklyn’s 141 points in Game 4 and they’re averaging 85.9 points per game as a trio in this series.

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