Celtics vs. Nets - 12/26/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (12-15) at Boston Celtics (10-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, CSNN
The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics play Friday at the TD Garden.
The Brooklyn Nets have split their last eight games and are looking for a season-high third straight win. On the season, the Nets are averaging 96.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Joe Johnson is averaging 16.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 15.6 points and 6.8 assists. Mirza Teletovic is shooting 43 percent from the field and Jarrett Jack is producing 3.8 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are still trying to figure things out on the offensive end but have topped 100 points in their last two games. Still, the Nets are shooting just 32.8 percent from deep in their last five games and have lost six of their last seven games when scoring under 100 points. The good news for the Nets is that four of their five road wins this season have come in their last eight tries.
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The Boston Celtics have split their last six games and will likely only lose more without Rajon Rondo. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 103.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Jeff Green is averaging 18.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds. Avery Bradley is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics have scored a combined 179 points in their last two games and are shooting 30.1 percent from deep in their last five contests. The Celtics clearly miss Rondo and his ability to set guys up for open looks. However, the Celtics have won seven of their 10 games this season on their home court, which includes five of their last six.
The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Hard to trust the Celtics now that they've committed 100 percent to tanking. The Nets need wins like this if they're going to make the playoffs. I'm taking my chances with Brooklyn on the road.