Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 4/20/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (+4)
TD Garden is where the Boston Celtics (51-31) will try to beat the Brooklyn Nets (44-38) on Wednesday in Game 2 of their series. Boston opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 228.5.
The Nets ended up losing by a score of 115-114 in Game 1 on a buzzer beating layup by Jayson Tatum. Brooklyn finished the contest with a 53.8% FG percentage (42 out of 78) and made 11 of their 24 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Nets made 19 of 24 attempts for a rate of 79.2%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 29 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 20 assists for the contest while forcing the other team into 5 turnovers and having 12 steals. In reference to defending, Brooklyn allowed 47.2% from the field on 42 of 89 shooting. Boston dished out 43 dimes and had 24 steals in this matchup. In addition, Boston pulled down 29 rebounds (14 offensive, 15 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Boston finished 79.2% at the free throw line by making 19 of their 24 attempts. They made 12 out of their 33 tries from three-point range. In regard to fouls, the Nets left the arena with 26 while the Celtics recorded 14 fouls.
Kyrie Irving is one player who came through for this game. Irving shot 60.0% from the floor and also earned 6 assists. He saw the court for 42 mins played and grabbed 5 rebounds. He walked away with 39 points on 12 of 20 shooting.
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Brooklyn will enter this game with a record of 44-38 this year. They are giving up possession 14.1 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 20.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Brooklyn is grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 2,071 dimes so far this season, which is 10th in the league in terms of passing. The Nets are shooting 36.1% from downtown (940 of 2,602) and 80.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.9 points per outing (9th in basketball) on 47.5% from the field.
Defensively, the Nets are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers per game and they draw 19.7 fouls. They are relinquishing 34.5% from beyond the arc while they are 18th in the NBA in opponents PPG (112.1). The Nets defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.2% (3,340 of 7,395) and they surrender 44.1 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 9th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,954 conceded for the season.
When it came to rebounding in Game 1, Boston allowed Brooklyn to get 24 in total (5 on the offensive side). They shot 45.8% from behind the 3-point line by going 11 of 24 and finished the game at 19 out of 24 at the free throw line (79.2%). The Celtics permitted the Nets to bury 42 of 78 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 53.8% for the game. When this game wrapped up, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 42 out of 89 from the floor which had them shooting 47.2%. With regard to shots from distance, Boston buried 12 of 33 attempts (36.4%). They were able to knock down 19 of the free throw tries for a rate of 79.2%. The Nets were called for 16 personal fouls for this contest which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They also gave up possession 14 times, while recording 12 steals in the game. The Celtics corralled 29 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 in this game.
Jayson Tatum ended up being important for the Celtics in the matchup. Tatum recorded 31 points in his 45 mins on the court and had 8 dimes in the matchup. He converted 9 of 18 for the game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, and had 4 rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss mark of 51-31 for the year. As an offense, the Celtics are hitting on 46.6% from the field, which ranks 15th in the league. Boston has tallied 9,164 pts for the year (111.8 per contest) and they average 46.1 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 24.8 times per contest (14th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per game. The Celtics are committing 18.5 fouls per game and they shoot 81.6% from the free throw line.
The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the NBA in PPG surrendered with 104.5. They are able to force 13.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.4% from the field (1st in the league). The Boston defense allows 33.9% on shots from 3-point land (969 of 2,860) and their opposition makes 78.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 21.6 dimes and 43.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 1st and 12th in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Boston (-4) and under 228.5 points
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