Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets - 5/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Brooklyn Nets (48-24) vs Boston Celtics (37-36)
Game Info: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Barclays Center)
Betting Odds: Brooklyn Nets -8 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets meet Saturday in game one of the NBA East Playoffs at the Barclays Center.
The Boston Celtics enter this playoff series after beating the Wizards in the play-in game on Tuesday. The Boston Celtics are averaging 112.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.4 points and 7.4 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 19.3 points and 4.9 assists. Marcus Smart is the third double-digit scorer and Evan Fournier is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets enter the playoffs riding a five-game winning streak. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 118.6 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 114.1 points on 45.9 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 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 road games. The over is 7-3 in Nets last 10 home games. The Celtics are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Brooklyn and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Boston Celtics have enough depth to make this series interesting and if Tatum plays the way he played in the play-in game, this thing could go longer than some expect. With that said, the Brooklyn Nets played some lights out ball during their five-game winning streak, which includes shooting 54.6 percent from the field and 44.9 percent from deep. And if the Nets are going to do what they hope to do this postseason, this feels like a game to set the tone and get things rolling. Big number and these lines can be tricky in the playoffs, but the Nets probably win this game by double digits.