Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets - 1/26/14
Brooklyn Nets (19-22) at Boston Celtics (15-30)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +3.5 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to their old stomping grounds tonight when the Brooklyn Nets visit the Boston Celtics.
With nine wins in their last 10 outings, the Nets have went from being the most disappointing team in the league to being the hottest team in the league. On Friday, Joe Johnson scored just five points while Paul Pierce had just 12, but it was Mirza Teletovic to the rescue as he made seven three pointers on his way to 34 points. However, the real icing on the cake was the play of Deron Williams who played 35 minutes off the bench and finished the game with 18 points and 11 assists. With the win, Brooklyn improve to a league-best 9-1 record since Jan.1 and 12-9 at home where they've won their last seven.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics have lost 13 of their last 15 games but received a real break on Friday when they received news that Kevin Durant would not suit up for the Thunder. However, other than Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace who had 16 and 13 points respectively, no one else could really put up enough points to keep up with the Thunder who shot over 53 percent from the field. Rajon Rondo had just five points but made eight assists as he continues to work himself back into shape but the fact is that the loss drops the Celtics to 15-30 overall and 9-13 at home.
In ATS trends, the Nets are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall, while the Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine home games.
Head to head, the Nets are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the road team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six.
It's hard to go past the red-hot Nets against the Celtics here, especially given the extra emotion that is bound to play its part tonight.