Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/1/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (+9)
The Boston Celtics will compete against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden on Wednesday. Boston opens this matchup as 9-point favorites. The betting total is set at 230.
The Nets took the court against the Lakers and earned the victory with a final of 121-104 in their last game. Brooklyn walked away from the contest having earned a 47.4% FG percentage (45 of 95) and buried 16 of their 41 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Nets converted 15 of their 19 tries for a rate of 78.9%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned 50 with 12 of them being offensive. They also distributed 24 dimes for this contest while forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and having 8 steals. With regard to the defense, Brooklyn let their opponent shoot 39.3% from the field on 35 out of 89 shooting. Los Angeles totaled 24 assists and had 1 steal in the matchup. Furthermore, Los Angeles collected 53 rebounds (16 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 9 blocks. Los Angeles finished shooting 62.2% from the charity stripe by converting 23 of their 37 attempts. They also buried 11 of 29 attempts from distance. In relation to personal fouls, the Nets ended up finishing with 25 and the Lakers finished the game with 16 personal fouls.
Kyrie Irving is a player who came through for this game. Irving finished the game shooting 43.8% from the field and distributed 6 assists. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes played and also totaled 7 rebounds. He left the arena with 26 points on 7 of 16 shooting.
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Brooklyn steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 31-19 on the year. They average 114.6 pts per game (14th in the NBA) while going 50.9% from the field. The Nets are shooting 39.4% on shots from downtown (623 of 1,580) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Brooklyn is snagging 40.5 boards per game and has 1,317 dimes for the season, which ranks 10th in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.5 times per game and as a unit they are committing 22.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Nets are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are conceding 36.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 6th in the league in points per game allowed (111.5). The Nets defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 45.3% (2,000 of 4,418) and they concede 44.1 boards per game as a squad. They are 2nd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,157 surrendered for the season.
The last time they took the court, the Celtics walked away with a victory by a final of 125-121 when they faced the Lakers. The Celtics were able to corral 39 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 46 for this contest. They also gave up possession 12 times, while recording 8 steals in this contest. The Lakers earned 23 fouls in this matchup which took the Celtics to the free throw line for a total of 39 attempts. They were able to knock down 34 of the free throws for a percentage of 87.2%. Concerning three-point shots, Boston knocked down 13 of their 40 attempts (32.5%). When the game finished, the Celtics went 39 for 84 from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.4%. The Celtics allowed the Lakers to bury 47 out of their 105 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.8% in the matchup. They shot 28.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 12 of 42 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). When talking about team rebounding, Boston permitted Los Angeles to grab 47 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Jaylen Brown was important for the Celtics in this matchup. Brown tallied 37 points in his 39 mins of playing time and had 3 dimes for the game. He buried 13 of 23 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 56.5%, and had 9 rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss mark of 36-15 so far this year. As an offense, the Celtics are shooting 47.2% from the floor, which is ranked 16th in the NBA. Boston has scored 6,006 pts this season (117.8 per contest) and they grab 44.7 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.3 times per contest (7th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.5 times per contest. The Celtics are committing 18.9 personal fouls every game and they go 83.0% from the free throw line.
The Boston defense gives up 35.5% on 3-point shots (594 of 1,672) and opponents are making 78.0% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 22.7 dimes and 43.9 boards per game, which ranks them 2nd and 18th in the league. The Celtics on defense are ranked 11th in basketball in points given up per game with 112.3. They are forcing 12.9 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.7% from the field (10th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Brooklyn (+9)
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