Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics - 4/20/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (52-31) vs Brooklyn Nets (45-39)
Game Info: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -3.5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Brooklyn Nets will be hoping to square up the series against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.
The Brooklyn Nets came into the playoffs with plenty of reasons to be confident, but they will be looking to bounce back in this one after coming up painfully short to the Celtics in a 115-114 loss in Game 1 on Sunday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 39 points, six assists and four steals, Kevin Durant added 23 points on nine of 24 shooting while Goran Dragic chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Nets shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and 11 of 24 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 15-point deficit to lead by five points late in the fourth quarter, only to have the game stolen from them thanks to the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum who made the game-winning layup at the buzzer.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics must be full of confidence after outlasting the Nets in a thrilling win in Game 1. Jayson Tatum led the team with 31 points and eight assists, Jaylen Brown added 23 points while Al Horford and Marcus Smart each scored 20 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 47 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they poured in 35 points in the third quarter to build a 15-point lead, only to win by the smallest margin thanks to a clutch layup from Tatum to snatch the game from the Nets and maintain home-court advantage.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on two days’ rest, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall and the Nets are 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.
The Nets will be kicking themselves after missing out on a chance to steal home-court advantage in Game 1, but they’ll take confidence from the fact that they almost beat the Celtics with Durant having an off night. The Celtics will be thrilled with their nail-biting win on Sunday, but they’ll know that they could’ve easily lost that one. You can make an argument for either side here, but while the Nets look tempting as underdogs, I prefer a play on the Celtics at home with the short line.
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