Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 3/3/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
The Brooklyn Nets are hitting the road to TD Garden on Friday where they will meet the Boston Celtics.
The Nets faced off with the Knicks and took a loss by a final of 142-118 in their last contest. With respect to personal fouls, the Nets ended up finishing with 21 while the Knicks had 21 personal fouls. They also made 20 out of their 35 tries from beyond the perimeter. New York ended up going 66.7% from the free throw line by burying 14 of 21 tries. Moreover, New York pulled down 46 rebounds (7 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. New York earned 28 assists and had 5 steals for the contest. With regard to the defense, Brooklyn allowed 60.7% from the floor on 54 of 89 shooting. They also doled out 26 assists in the game while forcing 16 turnovers and having 6 steals. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 31 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Nets converted 19 of their 20 attempts for a percentage of 95.0%. Brooklyn finished the contest with a 46.7% FG percentage (42 of 90) and knocked down 15 of their 39 shots from downtown.
Cameron Johnson is one player who was a contributor for the contest. He finished with 33 points on 13 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 27 minutes and also snagged 2 boards. Johnson finished the game shooting 72.2% from the floor but wasn't able to get a dime.
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Brooklyn comes into this game with a record of 34-28 for the year. They are averaging 113.7 points per game (17th in the league) while shooting 49.8% from the floor. The Nets are hitting 38.7% from downtown (783 of 2,021) and 79.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Brooklyn is snagging 40.0 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,588 assists on the year, which has them ranked 13th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 14.1 times per contest and as a unit they commit 21.9 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Nets have forced 13.7 turnovers every game and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are ranked 2nd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,432 surrendered for the season. The Nets defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.3% (2,536 of 5,475) and they surrender 44.6 boards per game as a basketball team. They are surrendering 37.6% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 15th in the league in points per game allowed (113.4).
For their last game, the Celtics went home victorious with a score of 117-113 against the Cavaliers. The Celtics were able to corral 36 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 43 in the matchup. They gave up possession 12 times, while getting 5 steals for this game. The Cavaliers committed 18 fouls for the contest which got the Celtics to the free throw line for a total of 28 tries. They were able to bury 23 of the free throws for a percentage of 82.1%. When discussing three-point shots, Boston made 16 out of 32 tries (50.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Celtics went 39 for 78 from the field which had them sitting at 50.0%. The Celtics allowed the Cavaliers to make 45 of 92 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.9% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 31.3% from distance by connecting on 10 out of 32 and ended up shooting 13 out of 21 from the charity stripe (61.9%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, Boston allowed Cleveland to pull down 38 in total (10 offensive).
Jayson Tatum ended up being a factor for the Celtics in this contest. Tatum totaled 41 points in his 36 mins on the hardwood and accumulated 8 assists in the matchup. He converted 13 out of 21 for the contest giving him a rate of 61.9%, and had 11 rebounds.
Boston has a record of 45-18 for the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Celtics are connecting on 47.5% from the floor, which is 14th in the league. Boston has scored 7,417 points for the campaign (117.7 per contest) and they pull in 45.0 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 26.3 times per game (7th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.4 times per contest. The Celtics have committed 19.1 personal fouls per game while shooting 82.4% from the free throw line.
The Boston defense gives up 35.5% on 3-pointers (736 of 2,074) and opponents are knocking down 77.2% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 22.9 assists and 43.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 2nd and 15th in the league. The Celtics on defense are ranked 9th in the league in points per game surrendered with 112.0. They are able to force 12.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston
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