Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Game 4 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 29, 2021

It took a career-night from Jayson Tatum in Game 3, but Boston is back in this series. Still at home for Game 4, the Celtics will have a chance to pull even with Brooklyn on Sunday night.

Brooklyn
48-24
AT
May 30, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
36-36
Pointspread -8.5 -110
Moneyline -421
Over / Under o +229

64%

Betting Action

36%

Pointspread +8.5 -110
Moneyline +330
Over / Under u +229

64%

Betting Action

36%

It wasn’t an absolute must-win for Boston in Game 3 on Friday, but it was about as close as it comes.  The Brooklyn Nets looked completely in control throughout Game 1 and Game 2 and they seemed well on their way to another win early in Game 3, before Jayson Tatum‘s career-night of 50 points helped the Celtics to a 125-119 win to cut the series deficit to 2-1.

Brooklyn is a 7-point favourite to win on the NBA odds for Sunday’s Game 4.  The total is set at 229.5.

Nets vs. Celtics NBA Playoff Odds

After a low scoring Game 1, the last two games of this series have cleared the total by double-digit points.  There’s no reason to believe that won’t happen again and 86 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors taking the Over in Game 4.  We’re also seeing 74 per cent of bettors backing the Nets to win.

Brooklyn is still a heavy -5000 favourite to win this series.  Friday’s loss broke a seven-game overall winning streak for the Nets and a five-game winning streak against the Celtics.  It wasn’t a one-off loss, as Brooklyn is just 2-9 straight up in their last 11 games in Boston.  They’ve hit the Over in four of their last six games and covered in seven of their last eight.

The Celtics needed Friday’s win, as it was just their third W in their last 10 games, however at +1000 to win the series, there’s not much faith in them pulling off three more wins.  Boston has hit the Over in seven of their last eight home games and they’ve covered in four of their last six games overall.

Brooklyn Nets

Records were broken on both sides of the court in Game 3.  James Harden finished with 41 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, while Kevin Durant added 39 points, nine rebounds and four steals.  Those stats make the duo the second set of teammates in Nets history to finish the same playoff game with 30+ points.  Harden was also the first player in franchise history to have a 40p/10a playoff game.  The third member of the Big 3 wasn’t exactly on Harden or Durant’s level on Friday.  Kyrie Irving‘s return to Boston was met with boos from the fans and a subpar 16-point performance on 6-of-17 shooting.

Boston Celtics

Coming off a nine-point performance in Game 2, it was all Tatum in Game 3.  He exploded for his fourth 50-point game this season and first in his NBA playoff career.  It was the fifth-most points for a Celtics player in franchise playoff history.  Tatum also added seven assists, six rebounds and two steals.  He confused the Nets defence all night, scoring on a combination of drives to the rim, step-back jumpers and 3-pointers.  Marcus Smart also stepped up in Game 3, finishing with 23 points and six assists.  Smart was a big reason Boston was able to take over Brooklyn’s early lead, as 11 of his 23 points were in the first quarter.

The rebound game was key on Friday.  Tristan Thompson abused Brooklyn in the paint, finishing with 13 rebounds (nine offensive) and 19 points.  Boston outrebounded the Nets 46-37 and outscored them 36-30 in the paint.

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