Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 5/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+9)
The Boston Celtics (36-36) go to Barclays Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Brooklyn Nets (48-24) in Game 2 of their series. Brooklyn opens this contest as 9-point favorites. The O/U is set at 227.
The Celtics faced off with the Nets and took a loss by a final of 104-93 in Game 1. Boston ended the contest with a 36.9% field goal percentage (31 out of 84) and knocked down 11 out of their 30 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Celtics buried 20 of their 26 attempts for a rate of 76.9%. When talking about hauling in boards, they earned 40 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 19 assists for the game while creating 11 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In regard to the defense, Boston allowed the other team to go 41.7% from the floor on 35 of 84 shooting. Brooklyn recorded 18 assists and had 7 steals in this game. Furthermore, Brooklyn collected 50 rebounds (14 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 12 blocked shots. Brooklyn finished shooting 89.7% from the charity stripe by converting 26 of 29 tries. They also converted 8 out of their 34 attempts from 3-point land.
Jayson Tatum is a player who was important for the contest. He accumulated 22 points on 6 out of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 41:29 mins played and snagged 3 rebounds. Tatum ended up going 30.0% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Celtics was Marcus Smart. He pulled down 3 rebounds in 39:39 minutes played. He finished 46.2% from the field in this matchup via 6-of-13 (17 points). When the game finished, Smart tallied 5 assists.
Boston comes into this game with a mark of 36-36 so far this year. They turn it over 14.1 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 20.4 fouls every game. As a team, Boston is collecting 44.3 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 1,689 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 25th in basketball in terms of passing. The Celtics are hitting 37.4% on 3-pointers (979 of 2,618) and 77.5% from the charity stripe. They average 112.6 points per outing (16th in the NBA) while going 46.6% from the field. On defense, the Celtics are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.3 fouls. The Celtics defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 46.4% (1,015 of 1,389) and they concede 42.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 9th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,732 relinquished for the season. They give up 37.4% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 11th in the NBA in PPG allowed (111.2).
In their Game 1 win the Nets were able to pull down 36 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 50 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 7 steals in this game. The Celtics earned 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Nets to the charity stripe for a total of 29 tries. They were able to bury 26 of them for a percentage of 89.7%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Brooklyn made 8 out of 34 attempts (23.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Nets walked away from this one shooting 35 out of 84 from the floor which had them shooting 41.7%. The Nets allowed the Celtics to bury 31 of 84 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 36.9% for the game. They went 36.7% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 11 of 30 and finished the game at 20 out of 26 from the charity stripe (76.9%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Brooklyn permitted Boston to snag 40 overall (11 offensive).
Kevin Durant ended up being a factor for the Nets for this game. He made 10 out of 25 in this matchup for a rate of 40.0%, and tallied 12 rebounds. Durant scored 32 points in his 39:29 mins on the hardwood and accounted for 1 assist for this game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Brooklyn was Kyrie Irving. He ended up with 1 assist in 37:25 minutes played, and he shot 11 of 20 from the floor. Irving wrapped this one up going 55.0% from the field while totaling 29 points and 6 rebounds.
Brooklyn has a win-loss mark of 48-24 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Nets are connecting on 49.4% from the floor, which is 1st in the league. Brooklyn has totaled 8,537 pts for the year (118.6 per game) and they grab 44.4 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 26.8 times per contest (7th in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.5 times per contest. The Nets commit 19.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 80.4% from the free throw line. The Nets on the defensive end are ranked 21st in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 114.1. They have relinquished 24.0 dimes and 43.1 boards per game, which is 8th and 12th in the league. The Brooklyn defense concedes 36.5% on shots from 3-point land (951 of 2,607) and opponents are converting on 77.5% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 12.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (7th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (+9)
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