The Brooklyn Nets (5-8) will have their hands full against the NBA’s top scoring defense when they take on the Boston Celtics (12-2) at Barclays Center. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and will air on YES Network.
Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets ATS Odds
In their last game, the Nets lost to the Utah Jazz, 114-106, while the Celtics edged the Toronto Raptors, 95-94.
The Celtics, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.0, had an absurd mark of 33.3, while the Raptors had a turnover percentage of 17.7 (above their season average of 12.4). Brooklyn, meanwhile, did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (29-39; 74.4 percent). D’Angelo Russell had a solid performance for Brooklyn, putting up 26 points and six rebounds. Boston, meanwhile, was led by Marcus Smart, who contributed 14 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
The inefficient offense of Brooklyn will clash against the stingy defense of Boston. The Nets currently rank 22nd in offensive efficiency, while the Celtics are first in defensive efficiency. The Celtics figure to have the edge on that side of the ball. Also, the Celtics rank second in turnover percentage (13.5 percent), while the Nets rank 25th in opponents’ turnover percentage (14.2 percent).
Of the Celtics’ 14 games, 10 have finished under the O/U total. Boston comes into the game with records of 12-2 straight up (SU) and 11-2-1 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Boston, games featuring the Nets have a slight tendency to finish over the projected point total (53.8 percent). Moreover, Brooklyn owns records of 5-8 SU and 7-6 ATS.
The Celtics dominated this series last year, winning all four games. In the most recent contest, Boston won 114-105. Boston had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.527 vs. 0.407). Brooklyn, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (35-39; 89.7 percent). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Celtics, ATS Winner – Celtics, O/U – Under
The Celtics rank fifth in assists allowed per game (20.1) while the Nets rank 11th (21.7).
Boston ranks fourth in rebounds per game (47.5) while Brooklyn ranks 29th in rebounds allowed per game (49.5).
The Celtics rank first in steals allowed per game (6.5) while the Nets rank 18th (8.5).
Brooklyn ranks 10th in points in the paint per game (46.0) while Boston ranks 26th (39.1).
Boston ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (24.9) while Brooklyn ranks 11th (27.2).
The Celtics rank fourth in second chance points allowed per game (9.7) while the Nets rank 24th (14.0).
The Celtics rank third in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.5) while the Nets rank 17th (18.3).
Brooklyn ranks 17th in blocks per game (4.2) while Boston ranks 20th in blocks allowed per game (5.2).
Boston ranks third in fast break points allowed per game (7.3) while Brooklyn ranks 22nd (11.6).
When allowing under 100 points, Brooklyn is 2-0 and Boston is 11-0.
The Celtics are 8-1 when they reach the century mark, while the Nets are 4-7.
Boston is 6-1 ATS on the road, while Brooklyn is 3-2 ATS at home.
The Celtics have 6 unders and 1 over in 7 road games.
The Nets have 3 overs and 2 unders in 5 home games.
The Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Nets are 3-2.
In their last five games, Boston has 4 unders and 1 over, while Brooklyn has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Celtics’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.8, down from 8.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 104.2 points per game (6.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 107.8 points per game (6.7 below their season average).