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Celtics 6-3-1 ATS on the Road This Season; Laying 3.5-Points to Brooklyn in Black Friday Matinee

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in NBA Basketball

Nov 29, 2019 · 9:02 AM PST

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  • The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets clash Friday afternoon (Nov. 29, Noon ET)
  • The Celtics defeated the Nets 121-110 Wednesday night in Boston
  • Boston is a 3.5-point favorite and is 4-1 ATS in its last five outings

The Boston Celtics have owned the Brooklyn Nets recently, and they’ll look to continue that trend Friday (Nov. 29, Noon ET) when they clash in Brooklyn. The Celtics defeated the Nets 121-110 Wednesday night in Boston, and have now beaten their division rival seven straight times.

Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Boston Celtics -170 -3.5 (-110) Over 217.0 (-110)
Brooklyn Nets +150 +3.5 (-110) Under 217.0 (-110)

All odds taken Nov. 28

Boston opened as a short 3.5-point road favorite for this contest and will be looking to improve on an impressive 6-3-1 ATS mark as visitors. They’ve covered in four of their last five outings, including as 8.5-point favorites two nights ago.

Boston Looking to go Back-to-Back

On a night where former Celtic Kyrie Irving was a no-show, Boston’s new point guard lit up the Nets. Kemba Walker was 13-for-24 from the floor, including 6-for-10 from three, for a season-high 39 points. Jaylen Brown poured in 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and all five Boston starters scored in double figures. Brown has now recorded 20 or more points in three straight games, and has boosted his scoring average 6 points from a season ago.

With the win, the Celtics improved to 13-4 (2nd in East) while the Nets fell to 9-9 (7th in East). The loss snapped Brooklyn’s four-game winning streak and they won’t have Irving available for the rematch either, although that may not be a bad thing.

Over the last three seasons, Irving’s teams are 29-9 when he sits. Obviously, the Nets would prefer if Kyrie played but it’s interesting to note how well his teams have performed when he’s not hogging the ball.

By the Numbers

Boston is fresh off two straight wins and is 7-3-1 ATS this season with a full day’s rest in between games. They rank sixth in the Association in point differential, and allow the fifth fewest points per game, and the fourth lowest shooting percentage.

They’re 4-1 versus divisional opponents and 8-1 against Eastern conference foes. Just one of their four losses was to an opponent with a sub .667 winning percentage, and their resume includes wins over the Raptors, Bucks and Mavericks.

The Nets meanwhile, allow the third most points per game in the East, and have just one win versus a top-8 team in either conference. They’re 3-6 ATS versus conference foes and 0-3 ATS against teams in their own division.

Back Boston on the Road

Not only will the Nets be without Irving, but they’ll also be missing their number three scoring option Caris Levert. Boston is the healthier, more talented team, and have been playing at much higher level for the entire season. Brooklyn had no answer for Walker the last time they met and there’s little reason to believe they’ll be able to shut him down on Friday.

The Celtics have a better offensive and defensive efficiency rating than the Nets and play a much more fundamentally sound brand of basketball. Case in point, Brooklyn missed 10-of-19 free throws last time out, which was the difference between covering and not covering versus Boston. Lay the points with the Celtics.

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