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Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13

Boston Celtics (10-12) at Brooklyn Nets (6-14)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: Brooklyn Nets -2 -- Over/Under: 192 See the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics try to match a season-high fourth straight win tonight when they take on the struggling Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics lost 10 of their first 14 games to start the season, but have since turned it around to win six of their last eight and their last three straight after thumping the Knicks by 114-73 on Sunday. Jordan Crawford made six threes to lead the team with 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 21, while Brandon Bass and Jeff Green added 16 apiece as the Celtics opened the game on a 25-3 run and showed no mercy, giving the Knicks the most lopsided game of the NBA this season. Aren't the Celtics supposed to be in a rebuilding year?

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/10/13

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On the other hand, the Nets have been absolutely terrible so far this season, but can breathe a little sigh of relief as they head into tonight coming off a 90-82 win over the hapless Bucks. Brook Lopez proved unstoppable against the shorthanded Bucks, pouring in 32 points on 11 of 13 shooting, while Joe Johnson added 15 points but it's hard to get too excited about beating the worst team in the Eastern Conference and second worst team in the league. With the win, Brooklyn improve to 6-14 on the season and 4-8 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Celtics are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Nets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last six home games.

With Lopez dominating the paint and making play after play out of double teams, the Nets looked earned a much needed victory and will be boosted by the probable return of Paul Pierce, but I can't resist taking the Celtics as the underdogs in this one. I have to stick with the team in much better form in this one, for sure.

Boston +2

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