Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 5/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-6.5)
TD Garden is the venue where and the Boston Celtics (36-36) will play the Brooklyn Nets (48-24) on Friday in Game 3 of their series. The Nets lead 2-0. Brooklyn opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 226.5.
The Nets went home with a win by a final score of 130-108 in Game 2. Brooklyn finished with a 52.3% FG percentage (46 of 88) and buried 17 of their 38 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Nets made 21 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 95.5%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 46 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 31 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and having 7 steals. In regard to defense, Brooklyn allowed the other team to shoot 42.4% from the floor on 39 of 92 shooting. Boston dished out 23 assists and had 10 steals in this contest. In addition, Boston grabbed 43 rebounds (15 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Boston walked away from this one shooting 78.3% from the free throw line by knocking down 18 of 23 tries. They also made 12 of their 34 attempts from downtown.
Kevin Durant is someone who was a contributor in the game. He walked away with 26 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 29:10 minutes played and also snagged 8 rebounds. Durant went 66.7% from the floor and also recorded 5 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Nets was Joe Harris. He snagged 4 rebounds in 29:17 minutes on the hardwood. He ended up shooting 64.3% from the field in the game by shooting 9-of-14 (25 points). When the time ran out, Harris accounted for 3 assists.
Brooklyn enters this game with a record of 48-24 for the campaign. They average 118.6 points per game (2nd in the league) while connecting on 49.4% from the field. The Nets are hitting 39.2% on shots from downtown (1,020 of 2,600) and 80.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Brooklyn is pulling down 44.4 boards per contest and has tallied 1,929 assists this year, which has them ranked 7th in the league in terms of passing. They are turning it over 13.5 times per contest and as a squad they commit 19.0 fouls every game. On defense, the Nets are forcing their opponents into 12.6 turnovers every game and they draw 18.9 fouls. They give up 36.5% on 3-point shots and they rank 21st in basketball in points per game allowed (114.1). The Nets defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.9% (908 of 1,361) and they surrender 43.1 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 8th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,729 relinquished for the campaign.
In their Game 2 loss, the Celtics pulled down 28 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 for the matchup. They coughed it up 15 times, while getting 10 steals for the contest. The Nets were called for 23 fouls in this matchup which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for 23 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 78.3%. In the matter of shots from downtown, Boston made 12 of their 34 attempts (35.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Celtics ended up shooting 39 out of 92 from the field which had them shooting 42.4%. The Celtics allowed the Nets to bury 46 of their 88 tries from the floor which had them at 52.3% in this contest. They finished shooting 44.7% from downtown by going 17 of 38 and walked away from this one shooting 21 of 22 at the free throw line (95.5%). When discussing rebounding, Boston permitted Brooklyn to grab 46 overall (12 offensive).
Marcus Smart was important for the Celtics for the game. He buried 6 of 13 for the game giving him a rate of 46.2%, and accumulated 3 rebounds. Smart scored 19 points in his 31:44 mins on the court and had 6 assists for the contest. One more player that was important for Boston was Kemba Walker. He wrapped the game up with 7 dimes in his 30:28 mins on the court, and he shot 5 of 11 from the floor. Walker wrapped this one up going 45.5% from the field and also contributing 17 points and 3 total rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss record of 36-36 this year. The Celtics commit 20.4 fouls per game and they shoot 77.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.5 times per contest (25th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.1 times per contest. Boston has earned 8,109 pts for the campaign (112.6 per contest) and they pull in 44.3 boards per contest. As an offense, the Celtics are hitting on 46.6% from the floor, which ranks 19th in the NBA. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 11th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 111.2. They surrender 24.1 dimes and 42.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks 9th and 6th in the NBA. The Boston defense concedes 37.4% on 3-point attempts (925 of 2,473) and their opponents are knocking down 78.5% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 14.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.4% from the floor (14th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (+6.5)
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