Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 5/30/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-6.5)
The Brooklyn Nets (48-24) go to TD Garden on Sunday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (36-36) in Game 4 of their series. The spread on this contest has Brooklyn as 6.5-point favorites. The total opens at 228.5.
The Nets took a loss by a score of 125-119 in Game 3. Brooklyn ended with a 45.2% FG percentage (38 of 84) and made 16 of 38 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Nets made 27 of 31 tries for a percentage of 87.1%. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 16 dimes for this game in addition to creating 13 turnovers and having 8 steals. When discussing defending, Brooklyn let their opponent shoot 50.6% from the floor on 45 of 89 shooting. Boston doled out 21 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. In addition, Boston grabbed 46 rebounds (13 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Boston ended up shooting 82.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of 23 attempts. They buried 16 out of their 39 attempts from 3-point land.
James Harden is a player who was a major contributor for this contest. He scored 41 points on 11 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 39:14 mins and collected 7 rebounds. Harden finished shooting 61.1% from the field and dished out 10 dimes. Another guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Nets was Kevin Durant. He grabbed 9 rebounds in his 40:19 min played on the night. He shot 54.2% from the field in this contest by hitting 13-of-24 (39 points). Overall, Durant had 1 assist.
Brooklyn will take the court with a mark of 48-24 on the season. They average 118.6 points per contest (2nd in the league) on 49.4% from the floor. The Nets are shooting 39.2% on three-point attempts (1,020 of 2,600) and 80.4% from the free throw line. As a team, Brooklyn is collecting 44.4 boards per game and has earned 1,929 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 7th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Nets are forcing 12.6 turnovers every game while drawing 18.9 personal fouls. The Nets defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.9% (908 of 1,361) and they surrender 43.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 8th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,729 surrendered on the year. They are relinquishing 36.5% from beyond the arc and they rank 21st in the league in points per game allowed (114.1).
In their Game 3 win, the Celtics recorded 33 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 46 for this game. They coughed up the ball 13 times, while earning 5 steals in the matchup. The Nets were called for 23 fouls for the game which took the Celtics to the free throw line for 23 attempts. They were able to bury 19 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 82.6%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, Boston converted 16 of 39 tries (41.0%). In all, the Celtics shot 45 for 89 from the field which had them shooting 50.6%. The Celtics permitted the Nets to make 38 of 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.2% in the matchup. They finished shooting 42.1% from three-point range by shooting 16 out of 38 and ended up going 27 of 31 at the free throw line (87.1%). In relation to rebounds, Boston allowed Brooklyn to get 37 overall (10 offensive).
Jayson Tatum pitched in for the Celtics in this game. He converted 16 out of 30 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and had 6 rebounds. Tatum earned 50 points in his 40:31 minutes of playing time and had 7 assists in the matchup. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Boston was Marcus Smart. He came away with 6 assists in his 39:06 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 8 out of 11 from the floor. Smart finished going 72.7% from the field in addition to contributing 23 points and 3 boards.
Boston has a win-loss record of 36-36 for the year. As an offensive team, the Celtics are connecting on 46.6% from the floor, which is ranked 19th in basketball. Boston has totaled 8,109 points this season (112.6 per game) and they pull in 44.3 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 23.5 times per contest (25th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per game. The Celtics are committing 20.4 fouls per contest while shooting 77.5% from the free throw line. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 11th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 111.2. They are forcing 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (14th in basketball). The Boston defense surrenders 37.4% from downtown (925 of 2,473) and their opposition knocks down 78.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 24.1 dimes and 42.5 rebounds every game, which ranks them 9th and 6th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-6.5)
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