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Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/31/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (13-22) at Boston Celtics (29-10)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 5:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -10.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES, CSNN

The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Brooklyn Nets could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 107.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while DeMarre Carroll is averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and Caris LeVert is dishing four assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost five of their last eight road games.

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Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/31/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning 11 of their last 17 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 98.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.7 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last six home games.

The Nets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Nets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston, the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Brooklyn Nets haven't had much success in outright victories, but they continue to be nice to those betting the numbers, especially on the road where they've covered 10 of their last 14 games. The Celtics continue to have these moments where they play down to their comp, and they're outscoring teams by just four points in their last five games. Also, four of the last five meetings between the Celtics and Nets have been decided by single digits. I'll take a stab with the points here.

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