Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets - 10/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brooklyn Nets (44-38) at Boston Celtics (25-57)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, CSN-NE
The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will begin their 2014 season with a Wednesday matchup at the TD Garden.
Besides a change in their front office, watching Paul Pierce leave town and Brook Lopez return to the lineup, the Brooklyn Nets are pretty much the same team from a season ago. Lopez is expected to miss this game due to a nagging foot injury and Mirza Teletovic is questionable with a foot injury. The Nets are one of the more experienced teams you’ll find in the NBA led by Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko. The Nets aren’t going to wow anybody with athleticism or play flashy basketball, instead they play above-average defense and get quality shots with decent passing. The Nets should also be an improved team from a guard perspective with the addition of veteran Jarrett Jack, who had a solid preseason. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Brooklyn Nets play this season with an aged roster.
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The Boston Celtics are still in the rebuilding stages and simply trying to figure out what they have as a young basketball team. Surprisingly, the Celtics could have Rajon Rondo for this game, as he’s recovered quicker than expected from his hand injury. One player the Celtics have to be pleased with is Jared Sullinger, who had a terrific preseason and is starting to become the player he once was for Ohio State a few years ago. The additions of Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner should also help give the Boston Celtics a little more spark on the offensive end. The X-Factor for the Celtics season will be rookie point guard Marcus Smart, who really struggled in the preseason but has the skill set to become a really solid player for Boston. We’ll find out soon who the Celtics are, as their first couple of weeks are brutal.
The Nets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS loss. The Celtics are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. The Nets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The line opened up with the Boston Celtics as a 3.5 point underdog, but has since been removed with the status of Rondo still up in the air. I expect Rondo to play, and you have to love the Nets if the line is even lower assuming he does. With or without Rondo, the Brooklyn Nets should win and cover this game fairly easily, as the Celtics simply don’t matchup well from a talent standpoint.