- The Nets and Celtics meet on Wednesday, November 24th
- Brooklyn is a slim 1-point road favorite
- Read on for the odds, preview, and pick
Eastern Conference rivals face off on Wednesday, November 24th as the Brooklyn Nets visit the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30om ET.
Both teams head into this contest on three-game winning streaks. The Nets took down the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday behind another impressive performance from Kevin Durant, while the C’s hammered the Houston Rockets by 18 points.
This is the first meeting between Brooklyn and Boston this season, but Durant and co. won all three contests in 2020/21 and knocked out the Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs as well.
Nets vs Celtics Odds
|Brooklyn Nets||-1 (-108)||-112||Ov 216 (-110)|
|Boston Celtics||+1 (-112)||-104||Un 216 (-110)|
Odds as of November 23rd at FanDuel.Advertising Disclosure
Brooklyn Finding Identity Without Kyrie
It wasn’t the best start to the season for the Nets as they were trying to adapt to life without Kyrie Irving. But, with KD leading the way, Brooklyn has figured it out, going 8-2 in their last 10 games and compiling a 13-5 record overall, which is second in the East behind the Chicago Bulls.
🏀 FINAL SCORE THREAD 🏀
Kevin Durant's all-around game lifts the @BrooklynNets on the road!
LaMarcus Aldridge: 21 PTS, 11 REB
Patty Mills: 17 PTS, 5 3PM
James Harden: 14 PTS, 14 AST, 3 STL pic.twitter.com/S6AoUjP9uZ
— NBA (@NBA) November 23, 2021
Durant is showing out on a nightly basis for Steve Nash’s squad, leading the Association with 28.5 points per night. The 33-year-old is doing a lot more than just putting the ball in the basket though, dishing out 5.1 assists and grabbing 7.8 boards while shooting 42% from long range.
Making it rain from downtown has been a common occurrence for Nets, sitting first in the league with a 37.6% three-point mark.
Monday’s victory over a depleted Cavs squad was another big night for KD, dropping 27. But, it was a slow start for Brooklyn, trailing for most of the game until they finally woke up in the third quarter thanks to some clutch buckets from an unlikely source.
Rookie Cam Thomas, who was just called up from the G-League, dropped eight of his 11 points in the third period to ignite a 13-2 run for the Nets who never looked back after that.
Patty Mills also collected 17 points while going 5 for 9 from beyond the arc, while LaMarcus Aldridge continued his solid start, scoring 21 and notching 11 rebounds off the bench. While James Harden had a rather quiet game in terms of scoring, he was brilliant at initiating the offense, dishing out a mind-boggling 14 dimes.
Celtics Thriving at Home Lately
Boston wraps up a four-game homestand at the TD Center on Wednesday and has beat the Lakers, Thunder, and Rockets in their last three contests on home court.
While OKC and Houston are two of the worst teams in the league, taking down Los Angeles was certainly a statement win. Even more impressive, they notched two of these victories without Jaylen Brown, who finally returned on Monday against the Rockets after missing eight games due to a hamstring injury.
The guard dropped 19 points in 22 minutes of action but could miss out on Wednesday because of injury management. Jayson Tatum led the way as he continues to ball out, erupting for 30 points.
Dennis Schroder also had 18. The C’s dominated inside as per usual, outrebounding their opponents 58-42. In fact, grabbing boards has been one of Boston’s biggest strengths this season, ranking sixth in the Association.
Jayson Tatum kept his momentum going last night 🔥
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 23, 2021
After a very injury-riddled beginning to the campaign, Imo Udoka’s group is finally nearing full strength. The health and production of Tatum and Brown will be absolutely crucial to the success of this team along with the complementary pieces like Schroder, who is proving to be a solid backcourt option who can score and facilitate at a high level.
The Celtics do need Marcus Smart to start finding his best though as he’s averaging under 10 points per contest.
Nets vs Celtics Prediction
Both squads are playing quality basketball at the moment, which is why I think it’ll be a close game. The Celtics are 5-3 at home, but the Nets thrive away from the Barclays Center, going 7-2.
They’re also unbeaten against divisional opponents this season. I do think Durant is going to have a huge night and Brooklyn will continue their winning ways against Boston. The spread is extremely small therefore the moneyline offers the most value here.
Pick: Brooklyn Nets (-112)