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Pointspread favors Celtics in battle with Nets

New Jersey NetsBoston Celtics
March 2, 7:30 PM | TD Garden

New Jersey Nets vs Boston Celtics Odds

11-25TEAM RECORD17-17

The Celtics will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Nets at TD Garden in NBA wagering action.

Supporters of the Nets have seen them go 11-25 and 16-20 ATS so far this season, while the Celtics are at 17-17 and 13-21 ATS. In totals betting, the Celtics are 14-20, while the Nets are 19-17.

View New Jersey vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Celtics installed as 6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 187.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Celtics, currently No. 18 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Nets, who rate No. 28 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 94-86 victory for the Celtics.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 30-rated squad against New Jersey's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 20 in the league with 5.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 8.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 20-rated defense on the road, allowing 98 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, New Jersey was a 93-92 winner on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Mavericks were burned for 38 points by Brook Lopez on Tuesday as the Nets picked up a 93-92 win at American Airlines Center.

The Celtics were a 102-96 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of OVER bettors. Kevin Garnett scored 25 points and chipped in with 10 rebounds for Boston on Wednesday, leading the Celtics to a 102-96 victory over Milwaukee at TD Garden.

New Jersey Nets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Charlotte are 2-8
After playing Dallas are 3-7
After a win are 1-9

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Nets at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Jersey's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Boston is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games at home

Next up:
New Jersey at Charlotte, Sunday, March 4
Boston home to New York, Sunday, March 4