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Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets - 1/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (9-23) at Boston Celtics (18-14)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -9.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, CSNN

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics meet Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.

The Brooklyn Nets could use a nice victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 97.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Thaddeus Young is averaging 15.8 points and 1.5 assists. Jarrett Jack is dishing 7.3 assists and Joe Johnson is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Nets are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost five of their last seven road games.

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets - 1/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 99.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 20.8 points and 6.8 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.1 points and 2.4 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Jared Sullinger is dishing 2.4 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.4 turnovers per game. The Boston Celtics have lost four of their last six home games.

The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The Celtics are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Atlantic and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Brooklyn Nets are playing improved basketball as of late and have covered four straight road games. The Celtics have been shaky. I'll take the truckload of points here. 

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Brooklyn Nets +9.5

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