Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 27, 2021

Joe Harris provided the secondary scoring in Game 2 that Brooklyn is counting on to make a deep run in the playoffs. Harris started the game on an 11-0 run and tied a franchise record with seven 3-pointers.

Brooklyn
48-24
AT
May 28, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
36-36
Pointspread -8 -115
Moneyline -360
Over / Under o +227

84%

Betting Action

16%

Pointspread +8 -105
Moneyline +280
Over / Under u +227

84%

Betting Action

16%

The Brooklyn Nets put an exclamation point on their Game 2 win over Boston on Tuesday, blowing out the Celtics 130-108.  Brooklyn’s Big 3 was too much to overcome, as Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving combined for 61 points.

The Nets are a 7-point favourite on the NBA odds to win Game 3, with the total at 228.

Nets vs. Celtics NBA Playoff Odds

There’s virtually no faith in Boston early on, as 97 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are picking the Nets in this game.  That’s not exactly a surprising number.  Brooklyn has won five straight games against the Celtics and seven straight games overall.  The Over is also being heavily favoured for this game, with 86 per cent of action taking the O228.  The total for Game 1 went Under, while the Over hit in Game 2.

Boston’s loss drops them to 2-7 straight up over their last nine games, although they do have eight wins in their last 10 home games against the Nets.  The Celtics are 5-11 against the spread over their last 16 games and they’ve hit the Over in six of their last seven home games.

Brooklyn Nets

There’s no more questions about Brooklyn’s Big 3 finding chemistry, as they’ve looked absolutely lethal through two games.  Durant finished Game 2 with a game-high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists.  Harden put up 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists, while Irving had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Nets led by as much as 33 points at one point and were dominating enough that Durant and Irving sat the entire fourth quarter.

The key for Game 2, however, were role players like Joe Harris stepping up.  Harris went on an 11-0 run by himself to start the game and had a career-high 16-point first quarter.  He eventually finished with 25 points in the game and tied a franchise record with seven 3-pointers.

Boston Celtics

Injury news got even worse for Boston in Game 2.  Already without Jaylen Brown for the rest of the year, Jayson Tatum is now dealing with a groin injury suffered in Game 1.  Tatum, who averaged a team-high 26.4 points per game in the regular season, finished Game 2 with nine points and left in the third quarter because of an eye poke.  Marcus Smart led the team with 19 points and six assists, while Kemba Walker had 17 points and seven assists.

After a near triple-double in Game 1, Robert Williams was completely shutdown in Game 2.  Williams was limited to eight points, six rebounds and one block.

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