Boston Celtics (37-37) vs. Brooklyn Nets (49-24)
May 25, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -9.5; Over/Under: +227
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The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets meet Tuesday in game two of the NBA East Playoffs at the Barclays Center.
The Boston Celtics need a win here to even up the series at 1-1. The Boston Celtics are averaging 93 points on 36.9 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 22 points and three rebounds while Marcus Smart is averaging 17 points and five assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Williams III is grabbing nine rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 23.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets look for another victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 104 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 93 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.9 points and 5.6 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 26.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. James Harden is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Harris is dishing 1.9 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 23.5 percent from beyond the arc and 89.7 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 overall. The under is 7-3 in Nets last 10 overall. The Celtics are 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Brooklyn and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Boston Celtics had moments in game one where it looked like they could hang, but it didn’t last long. With only Tatum the consistent scorer on the Celtics roster, it’s going to be hard for them to keep up with these explosive Nets. In fact, the Brooklyn Nets didn’t even play great basketball in the opening contest and still won rather comfortable. Numbers are getting larger, but I have no choice but to lay it with the Nets.