Nets vs. Celtics - 3/23/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (30-38) at Brooklyn Nets (29-39)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, YES
The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets square off Monday night at the Barclays Center.
The Boston Celtics look to snap a three-game losing streak. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 100.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 101.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Avery Bradley is averaging 14 points and 1.7 assists while Brandon Bass is averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Tyler Zeller is shooting 54.4 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics aren’t helping their case for a playoff spot with these losses, especially after losing to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Seven of the Celtics last nine losses have come on the road. Marcus Smart is expected to return from a one-game suspension.
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The Brooklyn Nets look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. On the season, the Nets are averaging 97.4 points on 45 percent shooting and are allowing 100.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 15.8 points and seven rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 15 points and 3.4 assists. Thaddeus Young is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Deron Williams is dishing 6.1 assists. The Brooklyn Nets need to keep winning if they hope to get one of the last playoff spots in the East. The Nets are shooting 49.8 percent from the field in their last five games and have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring 100-plus points.
The Celtics are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games. The Nets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 11-5-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Brooklyn.
Both teams are fighting for the same playoff spot and honestly, I don't trust either one. However, if forced to pick, I'm siding with Boston given that its been a covering machine much of the season.