Nets vs. Celtics Prediction
Will the Boston Celtics be able to overwhelm the Brooklyn Nets when the two division foes meet up tonight at 7:30PM ET?
577 Brooklyn Nets vs. 578 Boston Celtics
Monday, January 7, 2019
7:30PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -9.5 points against Brooklyn. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 219.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 51 percent going on the Nets on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Nets looking to get to .500
The Brooklyn Nets have won three straight games, covering the spread in all three, to get within a game of the .500 mark. Brooklyn is 20-21 on the season, 10-10 on the road, 22-19 against the spread and 22-19 with the over.
The Nets are in the middle of the road on both offense and defense this year, averaging 111.1 points per game while giving up 111.4 per contest. D’Angelo Russell is leading the team with 18.4 points and 6.4 assists per game while Spencer Dinwiddie is adding 17.2 points and 5.2 assists per contest.
Celtics still rolling
The Celtics are coming off back-to-back wins and covers at home and they have won five of their last seven games coming into tonight. Boston is now 23-15 on the season, 13-5 at home, 20-18 against the spread and 24-14 with the over.
Boston has one of the top defenses in the NBA, allowing just 105.6 points per game while holding opponents to 44.3 percent shooting from the field and 33.2 percent from the arc. Marcus Morris, Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown are all dealing with injuries but are expected to play tonight. Irving is averaging 23.1 points and 6.6 assists per game to lead the team while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Nets have covered the spread in five straight division games and in 11 of their last 13 games after scoring 100 points ore more in their previous game.
The Celtics are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 conference games and 27-8 ATS in their last 35 home games.
These two have yet to meet this year. The Nets have been one of the stronger teams in the league over the last handful of weeks and I think they can cover this big spread at Boston. They have covered in their last two road games and they face a Boston team tonight that is a little beat up. The Celtics certainly are the better team on paper, but winning by double figures isn’t a given. Brooklyn should be motivated against a division foe and for the chance to get to the .500 mark.
NBA Prediction: Brooklyn Nets +9.5