Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (21-61) at Boston Celtics (50-38)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -12 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNE, YES
The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics open the 2016-17 NBA season Wednesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Brooklyn Nets have nowhere to go but up after winning just 21 games last season and missing the playoffs for the sixth time in nine years. The Nets did what they could during the offseason by adding Jeremy Lin, Trevor Booker, Randy Foye and Luis Scola, but overall Brooklyn is expected to be a very bad basketball team. The Nets will continue to go through Brook Lopez, but the lack of overall depth, outside shooting and simply above-average talent will put limits on the other basketball team from New York. We should get plenty of looks from the Nets young guys in Isaiah Whitehead, Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to see if Brooklyn has anything to build on. The Brooklyn Nets have lost their last three regular season openers.
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The Boston Celtics enter this season as an Eastern Conference contender and have to like their chances to win 50 games. The Celtics already had a solid core in Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, but the addition of Al Horford helps get Boston that much closer to competing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics were already a great defensive and disciplined team, but Boston now has the added offensive punch to become more balanced. Picking the Celtics to make a deep run this season has become the trendy pick, but there’s a lot of talent and potential in Boston in right now. The Boston Celtics have won their last two regular season openers. Marcus Smart is doubtful with an ankle injury.
The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 home games. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I'm not a fan of laying big chalk, especially in a season opener where teams can come out a tad bit flat or sloppy. As I mentioned, the Nets are awful and don't have much going for them, but 12 free points are hard to pass up, especially when a team like the Celtics can go through scoring droughts. There's better picks on the board, but I'll take my points if forced to make a pick here.