NBA

Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets

Boston
Celtics
32 - 27
Brooklyn
Nets
39 - 20
April 23, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT
 | Barclays Center

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Boston
Celtics
32 - 27
Brooklyn
Nets
39 - 20
April 23, 2021, 7:30 PM EDT
 | Barclays Center
  • After getting a little help from the Philadelphia 76ers (or more specifically, their opponents) in recent days, the Brooklyn Nets can help their own cause Friday as they welcome the Boston Celtics to Barclays Center. The Nets (39-20 SU, 29-30 ATS) can seize sole possession of top spot in the Eastern Conference with a win over a Celtics team (32-27 SU, 30-29 ATS) struggling to avoid the play-in zone.

    Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets
    • Date/Time: April 23, 7:30 p.m. ET
    • Arena: Barclays Center
    • TV Coverage: ESPN
    • Sportsbook Odds: Nets -7 | O/U 231.5 (Line History)
    • Celtics vs Nets Matchup Report

    Sportsbook Odds Analysis

    The Nets were 7-point favorites when the betting lines were released, but that number has shifted all the way down to -4.5. The total has also moved but not quite as dramatically, from 231.5 down to 229.5.

    Boston News & Notes

    The red-hot Celtics have nine wins over their past 11 games – and yet, they remain just one game clear of the play-in round and are close to being locked out of any sort of home-court playoff advantage beyond the first round of the postseason. That said, Boston has one of the easiest remaining schedules of any East team with playoff aspirations, with just three of its final 13 games against teams with superior records.

    Beating elite teams has been a struggle for the Celtics this season, which is why recent wins over Portland, Denver and Phoenix have been great statement victories. Friday’s test might just be the toughest of all from a psychological standpoint, with the Nets having won the previous two head-to-head meetings in 2020-21 by a combined 40 points despite not having their big three for either triumph.

    Brooklyn News & Notes

    That the perpetually short-handed Nets are on the cusp of reclaiming top spot in the conference is impressive enough, but the feat is all the more incredible when you consider that they have already used a franchise-record 32 different starting lineups in just 59 games this season. And they will continue to be without James Harden, who suffered a setback in his injury recovery.

    Fellow superstar Kevin Durant, on the other hand, is considered questionable with a thigh injury. His return would provide a much-needed boost to the Brooklyn offense, but even if he does suit up, the bulk of the scoring burden will once again fall on Kyrie Irving. He’s a daily fantasy lock in this one given the expected shot volume and potential for big contributions in other categories.

    Betting Pick: Celtics +4.5 (-110)

    The Celtics are playing at another level right now – specifically, the one experts predicted heading into the season. They should cover comfortably here.

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    Shark Bites
    • Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games.
    • Brooklyn is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 home games vs Boston.
    • The UNDER is 10-4 in the Celtics’ last 14 games.

Odds

Friday, April 23 Fri Apr 23


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+7
-111
+180
o231.5
-110
-7
-111
-222
u231.5
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+3.5
-110
+135
o225
-110
-3.5
-110
-155
u225
-110

Edge Finder

118.06
Points Scored
112.38
47.70
Field Goal %
48.51
37.83
Three Point %
37.59
81.12
Free Throw %
79.72
45.31
Total Rebounds
40.26
118.06
Points Scored
112.38
30.41
First Quarter
28.58
30.23
Second Quarter
28.84
29.26
Third Quarter
27.71
26.74
Fourth Quarter
26.99
47.70
Field Goal %
48.51
81.12
Free Throw %
79.72
37.83
Three Point %
37.59
42.42
Three's Attempts
33.81
16.05
Three's Made
12.71
9.63
Offensive
8.10
35.69
Defensive
32.15
45.31
Total Rebounds
40.26
26.69
Assists
25.37
18.66
Fouls
20.84
12.80
Turnovers
12.81
6.42
Steals
7.05

Head To Head

BOS
Stat Type BKN
4-6
Record
6-4
3-7
ATS
7-3
4-6
O/U
4-6
112.70
Points Scored
112.80
55.70
Half Time Score
51.50
44.82%
Field Goal Percentage
44.79%
44.90
Rebounds
46.20
122/345
3 Point Shots
143/402
9.90
Steals
6.50
BOS
Stat Type BKN
1-2
Record
2-1
1-2
ATS
2-1
1-2
O/U
1-2
117.67
Points Scored
119.67
60.00
Half Time Score
53.67
46.21%
Field Goal Percentage
49.42%
43.00
Rebounds
40.67
41/106
3 Point Shots
42/103
8.67
Steals
5.67
Mar 11/21 (1 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Away
Home
109
Points Scored
121
+2.5
ATS
-2.5
232 o
O/U
232 u
55
Half Time Score
58
45.10%
Field Goal Percentage
47.70%
39
Rebounds
45
13/40
3 Point Shots
19/42
10
Steals
3
Dec 25/20 (2 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Home
Away
95
Points Scored
123
+3
ATS
-3
229.5 o
O/U
229.5 u
54
Half Time Score
51
37.80%
Field Goal Percentage
53.90%
47
Rebounds
43
8/27
3 Point Shots
15/29
6
Steals
5
Aug 5/20 (3 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Home
Away
149
Points Scored
115
-9
ATS
+9
224 o
O/U
224 u
71
Half Time Score
52
56.80%
Field Goal Percentage
47.40%
43
Rebounds
34
20/39
3 Point Shots
8/32
10
Steals
9
Mar 3/20 (4 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Home
Away
120
Points Scored
129
-6.5
ATS
+6.5
219 o
O/U
219 u
56
Half Time Score
43
42.70%
Field Goal Percentage
43.00%
42
Rebounds
63
15/49
3 Point Shots
14/49
10
Steals
7
Nov 29/19 (5 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Away
Home
107
Points Scored
112
-4.5
ATS
+4.5
213 o
O/U
213 u
55
Half Time Score
58
44.10%
Field Goal Percentage
46.20%
48
Rebounds
49
9/28
3 Point Shots
17/41
11
Steals
9
Nov 27/19 (6 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Home
Away
121
Points Scored
110
-8.5
ATS
+8.5
214 o
O/U
214 u
57
Half Time Score
63
44.30%
Field Goal Percentage
44.40%
55
Rebounds
38
13/34
3 Point Shots
21/56
10
Steals
5
Mar 30/19 (7 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Away
Home
96
Points Scored
110
+4
ATS
-4
223 o
O/U
223 u
48
Half Time Score
49
42.20%
Field Goal Percentage
45.80%
39
Rebounds
40
8/20
3 Point Shots
12/38
8
Steals
7
Jan 28/19 (8 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Home
Away
112
Points Scored
104
-9
ATS
+9
219 o
O/U
219 u
60
Half Time Score
50
45.00%
Field Goal Percentage
37.90%
52
Rebounds
48
13/40
3 Point Shots
13/34
11
Steals
10
Jan 14/19 (9 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Away
Home
102
Points Scored
109
-2.5
ATS
+2.5
217 o
O/U
217 u
45
Half Time Score
46
40.70%
Field Goal Percentage
43.00%
41
Rebounds
55
11/36
3 Point Shots
13/39
10
Steals
5
Jan 7/19 (10 of 10)
BOS
Stat Type BKN
Home
Away
116
Points Scored
95
-10.5
ATS
+10.5
219 o
O/U
219 u
56
Half Time Score
45
50.50%
Field Goal Percentage
40.50%
43
Rebounds
47
12/32
3 Point Shots
11/42
13
Steals
5

Team Records

BOS
Record BKN
32-27
All
39-20
19-11
Home
23-7
13-16
Away
16-13
22-15
As Fav
28-15
10-11
As Dog
11-5
30-29
ATS
29-30
17-13
ATS Home
14-16
13-16
ATS Away
15-14
29-30
O/U
35-24
12-18
O/U Home
17-13
17-12
O/U Away
18-11
BOS
Record BKN
8-2
All
5-5
5-2
Home
3-1
3-0
Away
2-4
5-1
As Fav
4-3
3-0
As Dog
1-2
7-3
ATS
5-5
4-3
ATS Home
2-2
3-0
ATS Away
3-3
4-6
O/U
6-4
2-5
O/U Home
4-0
2-1
O/U Away
2-4
BOS
Record BKN
4-6
All
6-4
3-3
Home
4-1
1-3
Away
2-3
3-1
As Fav
5-1
1-4
As Dog
1-3
2-8
ATS
5-5
1-5
ATS Home
2-3
1-3
ATS Away
3-2
5-5
O/U
6-4
2-4
O/U Home
4-1
3-1
O/U Away
2-3
BOS
Record BKN
18-15
All
20-14
12-6
Home
15-3
6-9
Away
5-11
13-9
As Fav
16-11
5-5
As Dog
4-3
15-18
ATS
12-22
9-9
ATS Home
8-10
6-9
ATS Away
4-12
17-16
O/U
20-14
8-10
O/U Home
10-8
9-6
O/U Away
10-6
BOS
Record BKN
14-12
All
19-6
7-5
Home
8-4
7-7
Away
11-2
9-6
As Fav
12-4
5-6
As Dog
7-2
15-11
ATS
17-8
8-4
ATS Home
6-6
7-7
ATS Away
11-2
12-14
O/U
15-10
4-8
O/U Home
7-5
8-6
O/U Away
8-5

Injuries

Name Position Inj Desc
Al HorfordCIs upgraded to probable Thursday vs Chicago, Toe
Kristaps PorzingisPFIs upgraded to probable Thursday vs Chicago, Ankle
Jaylen BrownSFIs probable Thursday vs Chicago, Shoulder
Xavier TillmanPFIs out indefinitely, Knee
Jaden SpringerSGIs "?" Thursday vs Chicago, Ankle
Name Position Inj Desc
Dariq WhiteheadSFIs out for season, Shin

Last 10 Games

Date Opp Score SU Line Total ATS FG% FT% 3PTM
Apr 22, 2021PHO99-86W+1.5220.50W/U42.8687.5012
Apr 19, 2021CHI96-102L-4.5211.50L/U46.7593.3310
Apr 17, 2021GS119-114W-3225.50W/O46.8180.0015
Apr 15, 2021LAL121-113W-7.5212W/O56.4784.6214
Apr 13, 2021POR116-115W+1229.50W/O46.6770.8315
Apr 11, 2021DEN105-87W+3.5220.50W/U44.8386.967
Apr 9, 2021MIN145-136W-8.5227.50W/O54.0294.1219
Apr 7, 2021NY101-99W-3208L/U41.8670.0015
Apr 6, 2021PHI96-106LEv222L/U47.1488.8914
Apr 4, 2021CHR116-86W-9.5216.50W/U45.7481.8221
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Date Opp Score SU Line Total ATS FG% FT% 3PTM
Apr 21, 2021TOR103-114L+4.5231L/U39.5678.2613
Apr 20, 2021NOP134-129W+3235.50W/O55.0678.5714
Apr 18, 2021MIA107-109L-5224L/U47.5666.6717
Apr 16, 2021CHR130-115W-12224W/O55.2993.7521
Apr 14, 2021PHI117-123L+9225W/O51.8190.004
Apr 13, 2021MIN127-97W-7.5231.50W/U50.5583.3315
Apr 10, 2021LAL101-126L-11.5222.50L/O43.7586.675
Apr 7, 2021NOP139-111W-8.5233.50W/O55.4381.8219
Apr 5, 2021NY114-112W-6217.50L/O45.6576.9210
Apr 4, 2021CHI107-115L-2.5224L/U48.3985.7111
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