Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 4/17/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (+5)
The Boston Celtics (51-31) host the Brooklyn Nets (44-38) at TD Garden on Sunday. Brooklyn opens as 5-point dogs. The over/under is 224.
The Nets stepped onto the hardwood against the Cavaliers and walked away with a win by a score of 115-108 in their last contest. With respect to fouls, the Nets finished with 20 and the Cavaliers recorded 15 fouls. They made 9 of their 26 tries from beyond the perimeter. Cleveland finished shooting 85.0% from the charity stripe by converting 17 of their 20 shots. Additionally, Cleveland pulled down 30 rebounds (10 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 9 blocked shots. Cleveland recorded 40 dimes and had 26 steals for the game. Regarding defense, Brooklyn allowed their opponent to shoot 44.6% from the field on 41 out of 92 shooting. They also recorded 33 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 2 turnovers and having 9 steals. When talking about rebounding, they earned a total of 43 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Nets made 16 of their 24 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. Brooklyn ended with a 53.6% field goal percentage (45 of 84) and buried 9 of 28 shots from beyond the perimeter.
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Brooklyn will enter this matchup with a mark of 44-38 so far this year. They are turning it over 14.1 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Brooklyn is pulling in 44.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 2,071 assists this year, which has them ranked 10th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Nets are shooting 36.1% from downtown (940 of 2,602) and 80.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 112.9 points per outing (9th in the league) while shooting 47.5% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Nets are able to force 13.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.7 fouls. They give up 34.5% on three-point shots and they rank 18th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.1). The Nets defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.2% (3,340 of 7,395) and they surrender 44.1 boards per game as a group. They rank 9th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,954 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Celtics walked away with a victory by a final of 139-110 when they faced the Grizzlies. The Celtics were able to snag 42 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards totaling 56 for the game. They turned the ball over 15 times, while earning 5 steals for this game. The Grizzlies earned 10 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Celtics to the free throw line for 13 tries. They were able to make 13 of them for a rate of 100.0%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, Boston made 18 of their 48 attempts (37.5%). In all, the Celtics finished 54 for 99 from the field which had them shooting 54.5%. The Celtics permitted the Grizzlies to make 39 out of their 102 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.2% in this matchup. They finished shooting 31.9% from beyond the arc by shooting 15 of 47 and ended up shooting 17 of 27 from the free throw line (63.0%). Regarding rebounding, Boston allowed Memphis to collect 26 in total (19 offensive).
Jayson Tatum was important for the Celtics for the contest. He buried 11 of 14 for the game for a rate of 78.6%, and earned 9 rebounds. Tatum scored 31 points in his 26 minutes of playing time and accounted for 3 dimes for this contest.
Boston has a record of 51-31 on the season. When it comes to offense, the Celtics are connecting on 46.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 15th in the league. Boston has accounted for 9,164 pts on the year (111.8 per contest) and they average 46.1 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 24.8 times per contest (14th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per game. The Celtics are committing 18.5 fouls per game and they go 81.6% from the free throw line.
The Boston defense surrenders 33.9% on 3-point shots (969 of 2,860) and opponents are knocking down 78.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 21.6 assists and 43.7 boards per contest, which is 1st and 12th in basketball. The Celtics are ranked 1st in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 104.5. They are forcing their opponents into 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 43.4% from the floor (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Brooklyn (+5)
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