Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 3/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+3.5)
The Boston Celtics (19-17) head to Barclays Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Brooklyn Nets (24-13). The spread on this matchup has Brooklyn as 3.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 233.
The Boston Celtics played the Toronto Raptors and went home with a win by a final score of 132-125 in their last contest. Boston finished having earned a 60.8% FG percentage (45 of 74) and made 13 of their 29 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Celtics knocked down 29 of their 40 attempts for a rate of 72.5%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 39 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 25 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 13 turnovers and getting 6 steals. Regarding defending, Boston allowed 49.5% from the field on 45 of 91 shooting. Toronto doled out 36 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Furthurmore, Toronto had 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 1 rejection. Toronto went 82.4% from the charity stripe by burying 14 of 17 shots. They converted 21 of their 50 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jayson Tatum is a player who came through in the matchup. He scored 27 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 37:20 minutes played and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Tatum shot 60.0% from the floor and also recorded 5 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Celtics was Jaylen Brown. He pulled down 7 rebounds in 33:54 minutes on the court. He finished the contest at 36.4% from the field in this contest by connecting on 4-of-11 (21 points). When the final whistle was blown, Brown accounted for 4 assists.
Boston will enter this matchup with a mark of 19-17 this year. The Celtics are hitting 37.3% on shots from 3-point land (439 of 1,177) and 76.3% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 111.7 points per game (19th in the NBA) while going 46.7% from the floor. They are giving up possession 14.2 times per game and as a team are committing 21.0 fouls per game. As a team, Boston is collecting 43.8 boards per contest and has accumulated 805 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 26th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Celtics are able to force 14.3 turnovers per game while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. They concede 36.2% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 9th in the league in points per game allowed (110.8). The Celtics defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.8% (515 of 723) and they concede 41.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 10th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 850 conceded on the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Brooklyn Nets walked away with a victory by a final of 132-114 when they played the Houston Rockets. The Nets pulled down 43 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 53 in the game. They coughed it up 14 times, while earning 5 steals in the game. The Rockets were called for 18 personal fouls in this contest which took the Nets to the free throw line for 24 tries. They were able to convert 17 of the free throws for a rate of 70.8%. In regard to 3-point attempts, Brooklyn knocked down 17 of their 35 attempts (48.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Nets went 49 out of 85 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.6%. The Nets allowed the Rockets to bury 38 out of their 91 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 41.8% for the contest. They went 41.9% from 3-point land by hitting 18 of 43 and ended up shooting 20 out of 28 at the charity stripe (71.4%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Brooklyn allowed Houston to grab 37 in total (12 on the offensive side).
James Harden ended up being a factor for the Nets for the contest. He knocked down 10 out of 15 in the game for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and had 10 rebounds. Harden recorded 29 points in his 40:53 mins on the hardwood and tallied 14 assists in this contest. Someone else who came through for Brooklyn was Kyrie Irving. He accumulated 6 assists in 34:06 mins on the court, and he shot 9 of 21 from the floor. Irving ended up shooting 42.9% from the field while collecting 24 points and 5 rebounds.
Brooklyn has a mark of 24-13 on the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Nets are shooting 50.0% from the floor, which ranks 1st in basketball. Brooklyn has 4,481 points this season (121.1 per contest) and they collect 44.3 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 27.2 times per game (2nd in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.4 times per game. The Nets have committed 19.1 personal fouls per game and they go 80.3% from the charity stripe. The Nets on the defensive side of the court are 27th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 116.1. They are able to force 12.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (15th in the league). The Brooklyn defense surrenders 36.7% on shots from 3-point land (476 of 1,297) and their opposition knocks down 78.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 24.8 dimes and 42.5 rebounds every game, ranking them 17th and 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-3.5)
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