Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 20, 2022

The Boston Celtics will look to take a 2-0 lead in their first round series against Brooklyn when they host the Nets on Wednesday night.

Brooklyn
44-38
AT
April 20, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
51-31
Pointspread +3.5 -122
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +225

82%

Betting Action

18%

Pointspread -3.5 +101
Moneyline -145
Over / Under u +225

82%

Betting Action

18%

The Boston Celtics are looking to take full advantage of home court and take a 2-0 lead over the Brooklyn Nets when the teams meet at TD Garden on Wednesday.  A buzzer-beater layup helped Boston eke out a 115-114 win in Game 1, showing there will be very little room for error in this series.

The Celtics are 3.5-point favourites to win Game 2 on the NBA odds, with a total of 226.0.

Nets vs. Celtics NBA Betting Odds

Boston’s Game 1 victory was the Celtics’ fourth straight win over Brooklyn.  The Nets won the season series opener between the teams back in November, before Boston took the next three regular season games and Sunday’s Game 1.  That hasn’t deterred Sports Interaction bettors, however, as roughly 83 per cent of early action is taking the Nets in Game 2, while 80 per cent of bettors are banking on the Over.  That could be a safe bet as five straight games and eight of the last nine between the teams have hit the Over.

The Celtics now sit as -222 favourites to win the series, while Brooklyn is a +179 underdog.  The total games in the series is set at 5.5, with Over 5.5 at -192 and Under 5.5 at +155.  The series is favoured to end in seven games at +165.  A four-game sweep is a long shot at +801.  The favoured exact series score is for Boston to win in seven games at +330.

Brooklyn Nets

The first half of Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair, with Brooklyn and Boston tied 61-61 at the break.  The Nets outscored the Celtics 29-19 in the final frame, but couldn’t contain Boston in the final crucial possession.  Kyrie Irving went off against his former Celtics team, dropping a game-high 39 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter.  Kevin Durant didn’t look like himself, however, finishing with 23 points on just 9 of 24 shooting.  Durant and Irving shot a combined 1 for 8 from the field in the first quarter.

Brooklyn was outscored 56-32 in the paint, something they can’t afford to let happen again in Game 2.  Another major issue was the Nets’ 16 turnovers in the game.  Hopes for reinforcements were boosted by the news that Ben Simmons has been cleared for contact.  Keep in mind, it’s still not clear if Brooklyn realistically plans to insert him into the lineup at some point in the series.  Simmons, who was acquired from Philadelphia at the trade deadline, has yet to make his Nets debut as he deals with a back injury.  It’s been nearly a full calendar year since Simmons has played an NBA game after he requested a trade out of Philadelphia last May.

Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum was the hero in Game 1, hitting Boston’s first postseason buzzer-beater since 2010 to beat the Nets in Game 1.  The Celtics were poised under pressure, with all five Boston players touching the ball on the final possession.  Tatum led the team with 31 points and eight assists.  With the game tied at the break, the Celtics shot up to an 11-point lead in the third quarter.  Four players, including Tatum, Jaylen Brown (23 points), Marcus Smart (20 points) and Al Horford (20 points) hit the 20-point plateau in the game.  Horford also added 15 rebounds as Boston outrebounded Brooklyn 43-29.  Horford is just the 13th player in NBA history to record at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff game at 35-years-old.

The Celtics’ defence in particular stepped up in Game 1.  Boston entered with the NBA’s best defensive rating since the All-Star break.  They used that to their advantage against Durant, forcing him into bad shots early and stripping him three times in the first quarter.  Durant will likely adjust and fire back in Game 2, so how the Celtics limit the former MVP could be the X-factor on Wednesday.

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