Celtics open as NBA underdog vs Nets
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Odds
The Nets will be trying to slam the Celtics on Thursday when the teams tip off at Barclays Center in NBA betting action.
Brooklyn battles the Celtics, currently with a 5-3 mark (2-5-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 3-3 for the Nets and 4-3-1 for the Celtics. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Celtics were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 193.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Nets) and the No. 27 (Celtics) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 100-95 result in favor of the Nets is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Brooklyn's No. 19-ranked offense (96.5 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 19 at 98.1 PPG. The Nets have averaged 45.4% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (46.8% on average).
Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 19-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.2 points per game. Brooklyn, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 98-93 winner as they battled the Jazz at home. The Celtics earned a push in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 191 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Celtics grabbed a 98-93 win over the Jazz on Wednesday, behind a 23-point effort from Paul Pierce at TD Garden.
Last time out for Brooklyn, they were a 114-101 winner as they battled the Cavaliers at home. The Nets covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 215 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Brooklyn got 26 points and 10 assists from Deron Williams en route to a 114-101 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday at Barclays Center.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Utah are 8-2
After a win are 5-5
Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Sacramento are 2-8
After playing Cleveland are 2-8
After a win are 5-5
A few Celtics at Nets trends to consider:
Boston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Brooklyn
Boston is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games when playing Brooklyn
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Brooklyn
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Brooklyn's last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Brooklyn's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Brooklyn is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Boston home to Toronto, Saturday, November 17
Brooklyn at Sacramento, Sunday, November 18