Brooklyn Nets (27-23) vs Boston Celtics (30-19)Date : 01/28/2019
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : TD Bank Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
The Brooklyn Nets will look to continue their winning ways as they visit TD Bank Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, to face the Boston Celtics on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In all, the Brooklyn Nets have won seven straight games as they were able to take out the New York Knicks at home in their last time out as the reserves certainly provided a lift to Brooklyn in this matchup as Theo Pinson along with Shabazz Napier led the team with 19 and 18 points while Ed Davis also had an outstanding game by finishing with seven points in addition to also pulling down 14 rebounds in the victory for Brooklyn, who is now seven games out of the third-place slot within the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Celtics occupy the third place slot within the Atlantic division, currently, as they also enter this game on a winning streak as they have won five of their last six games, overall. Nonetheless, they were not able to continue their winning ways versus the Golden State Warriors at home in their last outing as 32 points for Kyrie Irving along with 22 points for Al Horford was not enough as Golden State was able to get big nights from Kevin Durant along with Klay Thompson, who along with Steph Curry, hit two critical free throws to seal the victory in the end.
Brooklyn Nets's Latest Performance :
In all, the reserves for the Nets outscored its starters in their last outing versus the New York Knicks by a margin of 71 – 43 as Pinson, Napier, along with Davis was certainly the tip of the spear in allowing Brooklyn to pick up a victory in this contest. In addition, D’Angelo Russell along with Joe Harris struggled from the floor in going a combined 8 of 22 while ending with just 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The defense for the Nets play well as they have certainly limited offensive opportunities for their opponents late as the Knicks were only able to shoot a dismal 42% from the floor along with 25% from three-point range as Trey Burke led the team with 25 points along with five assists in the contest while Noah Vonleh chipped in 22 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Nets have had a few hiccups along the way as it relates to their overall defensive play, however, their last outing versus the Knicks marked the second instance in their last three outings that they allowed less than 100 points to their opponents. With that being the case, one can expect the Nets to take this momentum into this matchup in an all-important battle versus the Boston Celtics. It will be important to note that Brooklyn picked up the seven-point victory in their last matchup versus the Celtics on January 14th.
Boston Celtics 's Latest Performance :
In what was a back-and-forth game throughout which included 21 totally changes, the Warriors managed to stick things out throughout the game in which to obtain just a two-point lead with 47 seconds left when two Klay Thompson help seal the victory as the Celtics were not able to convert on several chances in which to take the lead or force overtime. Steph Curry then was able to seal the victory with two additional foul shots in which to pick up their 10th straight victory.
As stated, Irving led the Celtics with 32 points for the night along with 10 assists while Al Horford also pulled down seven rebounds in addition to scoring 22 points, as stated. Jayson Tatum also provided a huge lift for the Celtics as he scored 20 points in the game while going 3-5 from long range in the loss. Nonetheless, Kevin Durant was able to power in 33 points on the night while Steph Curry also ended with 22 points in the victory for Golden State.
Despite the loss, Boston continues to play well during their five-game homestand as they are winners of two of their last three games at TD Bank Arena. They will certainly look to get back on the winning track versus a Brooklyn Nets team that is hot on their heels in the division, as pointed out, while also playing very well at this moment, primarily due to the play of their reserves.
How Brooklyn Nets & Boston Celtics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Brooklyn is 28 – 22 ATS while the OU is 26 – 24
Boston is 25 – 24 ATS while the OU is 29 – 20
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very interesting matchup for both teams on Wednesday as each will be fighting to gain even more of an inside track in increasing their positioning within the division. On the one hand, the Nets have the Celtics dead in their sights at this point in the season as they are playing very well in an effort obtain third place within the division. On the other hand, the Celtics will be looking to increase their positioning as well as they are only three games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for second place within the division.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
While the bench for the Brooklyn Nets have certainly taken up the scoring slack in recent outings, one should certainly look for them to perform well in this contest on Monday night also. Nonetheless, Kyrie Irving along without Horford continue to play well for the Celtics and will certainly do so in this matchup as Boston will be looking to get back onto the win column as soon as possible after their slim defeat to the Golden State Warriors at home in their last outing. With that being said, look for this game to be an instance as to where the home team will have much more incentive in which to play well as they will be looking to continue their success during their current home stand.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While both teams have been able to put some points on the board lately, I will back the under in this contest as the starters for the Nets are struggling at this point in the season. With that being the case, look for Boston to put in a much better defensive effort after their loss to the Warriors, thus signaling that Russell and Company may indeed struggle, yet again, in this contest. Nonetheless, as stated, the Nets have had their defense in which to rely on doing their current winning streak and will certainly do keep this game competitive as the total will certainly not surpass its set limit in what will be a very exciting game.
Betting trends for Brooklyn Nets:
- Over is 4-0 in Nets last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 4-0 in Nets last 4 Monday games.
Nets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics :
- Under is 4-1 in Celtics last 5 Monday games.
Over is 13-4 in Celtics last 17 games playing on 1 days rest.
Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.