Celtics vs. Nets Pick
Who Oddsmakers Like: Boston. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Celtics are a 5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 207 points. Boston opened as a 4.5-point fave, while the total has dropped from 210 points.
Who the Public Likes: Boston. As of Saturday morning, 78 percent of public bets have sided with the Celtics.
Injury Report: Boston forward Marcus Morris missed the last game with a lingering knee issue and it is unknown if he will suit up today. Gordon Hayward is out for the season after breaking his ankle in the season opener. For the Nets, Demarre Carroll has injured ribs and is considered questionable. Caris LeVert is doubtful with a groin strain. D'Angelo Russell is out until mid-January following arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Jeremy Lin is out for the season after suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in the season opener.
Who the Trends Like: Boston is 5-2 ATS in its last seven meetings in Brooklyn. The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Brooklyn. Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall, while Brooklyn is 4-0 ATS in its last four games overall.
Who We Like: The one thing you can say about the Nets is they almost always play hard and keep a game competitive as evidenced by their 23-15 ATS record this season despite a 15-23 straight up record. Brooklyn has won three out of its last four games, only falling 108-105 at Boston in that stretch. The Nets are coming off a 98-97 home win over the Timberwolves as Spencer Dinwiddie hit the go-ahead basket with 9.7 seconds left and scored a career-best 26 points. With today's game being the second in as many nights for Boston and there being a revenge factor for the hosts, I'm going with Brooklyn to cover here and maybe even win outright.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BROOKLYN NETS +5