Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 1/12/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-4)
Barclays Center is the site where the Brooklyn Nets will take on the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Brooklyn opens as 4-point underdogs. The total has been set at 232.
The Celtics took the court against the Bulls and walked away with a win by a score of 107-99 in their last game. Boston finished the contest having earned a 43.7% field goal percentage (38 of 87) and buried 11 of their 41 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Celtics made 20 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 95.2%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they compiled 50 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 25 assists for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and getting 2 steals. With regard to defending, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 45.3% from the floor on 39 of 86 shooting. Chicago totaled 19 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Moreover, Chicago collected 42 rebounds (6 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Chicago finished the game at 64.3% from the free throw line by converting 9 of their 14 attempts. They also made 12 of 35 attempts from three-point range. Regarding personal fouls, the Celtics ended up finishing with 12 and the Bulls accumulated 18 personal fouls.
Jayson Tatum is one player who was a major contributor for this game. He left the arena with 32 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes and snagged 8 rebounds. Tatum walked away from this one shooting 47.6% from the floor and also totaled 7 assists.
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Boston comes into this game with a mark of 29-12 for the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per contest and as a team they commit 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Boston is pulling in 44.0 rebounds per contest and has totaled 1,095 dimes so far this year, which is 7th in basketball in terms of passing. The Celtics are hitting 37.1% on shots from beyond the arc (634 of 1,711) and 82.6% from the charity stripe. They average 118.5 pts per contest (2nd in basketball) while shooting 47.8% from the field.
On defense, the Celtics are forcing 13.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.1 fouls. They surrender 35.5% on 3-pointers and they are 13th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (112.6). The Celtics defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.9% (1,737 of 3,700) and they surrender 44.3 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 3rd in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 920 relinquished for the season.
For their last game, the Nets got the victory with a final of 102-101 when they faced the Heat. In reference to rebounding, Brooklyn permitted Miami to get 41 overall (16 on the offensive side). They finished 37.1% from three-point range by hitting 13 of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 17 at the free throw line (70.6%). The Nets allowed the Heat to make 38 of 92 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.3% in the matchup. When the final whistle was blown, the Nets went 39 for 76 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.3%. With regard to 3-pointers, Brooklyn made 12 of 33 attempts (36.4%). They were able to knock down 12 of them for a rate of 80.0%. The Heat were called for 17 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Nets to the free throw line for 15 shots. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while getting 8 steals in this matchup. The Nets earned 34 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in this matchup.
Kyrie Irving ended up being a major contributor for the Nets for this contest. Irving had 29 points in his 40 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 6 dimes for the contest. He converted 10 out of 21 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 47.6%, and totaled 1 rebound.
Brooklyn has a mark of 27-13 for the campaign. The Nets are committing 21.7 fouls per game and they connect on 80.2% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 26.4 times per contest (8th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 14.6 times per contest. Brooklyn has totaled 4,583 pts so far this year (114.6 per contest) and they pull down 40.5 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Nets are hitting on 51.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 1st in the league.
The Brooklyn defense gives up 36.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (479 of 1,309) and their opponents are converting on 76.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 22.8 assists and 43.3 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 4th and 14th in basketball. The Nets on the defensive side of the court are 5th in basketball in PPG allowed with 110.6. They are able to force 14.4 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.2% from the field (4th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (-4)
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