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NBA odds preview - Nets vs. Celtics

Brooklyn NetsBoston Celtics
19-22January 26, 2014, 06:30 | TD Garden15-30

Brooklyn travels to Boston on Sunday, hoping to boost its 19-22 mark with a victory over the Celtics.

Boston battles the Nets, currently with a 19-22 mark (20-21 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 18-27 for the Celtics and 21-19-1 for the Nets. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -3.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 192 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game pits the Celtics, currently No. 24 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Nets, who rate No. 19 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 88-87 victory for the Nets.

In their last action, Brooklyn was a 107-106 winner at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (213) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Mirza Teletovic went off for 34 points and added 6 rebounds leading Brooklyn to a 107-106 win over Dallas on Friday at Barclays Center.

Boston was a 101-83 loser in its last match at home against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 184 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Boston got 16 points from Jeff Green but lost anyway 101-83 against the Thunder on Friday at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 95.09 PPG, against a Nets defense that ranks No. 13 at 100.27 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 43.81% so far, less than the Nets shooters have achieved on the year, 45.05% per game.

A few Nets at Celtics trends to consider:
Brooklyn is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Brooklyn is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Brooklyn is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
Boston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Boston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Brooklyn home to Toronto, Monday, January 27th
Boston at New York, Tuesday, January 28th