Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets NBA Pick – Game 3

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball throughout April 23. Four games are up on the board on Saturday. One of these games will be between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets. These two teams have been strong throughout this series and will look for a big win in Game 3. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on ESPN.

Boston earned a record of 51-31 throughout the regular season, which had them finish in second place of the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have started this series out strong with two wins at home. Boston will look to remain hot as the series shifts to Brooklyn. I expect the Celtics to try and come out quickly on the road in this one.

The Nets put up a record of 44-38 during this season, which had them in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers to earn the seventh spot in the playoffs, but struggled early in this series. The Nets kept the first two games close, but could not come out on top. Brooklyn will look to change that with a big win at home on Saturday.

These two teams have played two exciting games so far this series and I expect another good game on Saturday night. The Celtics have jumped out to an early 2-0 series lead and will look to take a stranglehold in Game 3. Brooklyn will look to shift the momentum as it comes back home. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Boston Celtics +2 ½ (-110) +135 Over 223 (-110)
Brooklyn Nets -2 ½ (-110) -160 Under 223 (-110)

 

Team Data Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets
Playoff Record 2-0 0-2
Away/ Home Playoff Record 0-0 0-0
Playoff PPG 114.5 110.5
Playoff PPG Away/ Home
Playoff PAPG 110.5 114.5
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home

Betting Trends

Boston Celtics

  • 45-36 ATS this season
  • 13-8 ATS as an underdog
  • 25-15 ATS in road games
  • 5-2 ATS in April
  • 5-5 ATS on Saturday’s
  • 7-5 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 9-8 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 7-9 ATS after a divisional game
  • 1-1 ATS in Playoffs
  • 25-14 ATS against team with a winning record

Brooklyn Nets

  • 33-49 ATS this season
  • 17-37 ATS as a favorite
  • 9-32 ATS in home games
  • 3-5 ATS in April
  • 6-5 ATS on Saturday’s
  • 6-9 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 9-8 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 6-10 ATS after a divisional game
  • 1-2 ATS in Playoffs
  • 20-26 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met in Game 1 on April 17. Kyrie Irving scored 39 points, but it was not enough. Jayson Tatum put up 31 points, while Jaylen Brown had 23 points. The Celtics were able to earn a 115-114 win in this one. The second game of the series was on April 20. Brown dropped 22 points, while Tatum had 19 points and 10 assists. Boston was able to take a 2-0 series lead with a 114-107 win at home.

Field Goal Shooting

The Celtics have struggled shooting the ball a bit on the series. Boston has made 49.4 percent of their shots from the field, which is 6th in the playoffs. The Celtics have shot 35.9 percent from deep, which is 10th in the league. Boston has drained 80 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 7th in the field of 16.

Brooklyn has been solid shooting the ball in the series. The Nets have been shooting 50 percent from the field, which is 5th in the postseason. Brooklyn has made 46.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Nets have sunk 79.3 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 10th in the playoffs.

These two teams will look to shoot well early in this matchup. Boston has been strong on defense forcing turnovers and not allowing the Nets to put up consistent shots. Brooklyn will look for better ball movement to open them up in this one. If either team can shoot well early in this game, it could be enough for the win.

Top Performers

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown has been the leaders for Boston early in this series. Tatum has averaged 25 points and 9 assists per game. Brown is averaging 22.5 points per game. Al Horford has averaged 18 point and 10.5 rebounds, while Marcus Smart is averaging 16 points and 5.5 assists. Grant Williams has averaged 12 points per game to round out the lineup.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have been strong for the Nets in this series. Durant is averaging 25 points per game. Irving has averaged 24.5 points per game. Goran Dragic is averaging 16 points, while Bruce Brown has averaged 14 points per game. Seth Curry rounds out the lineup, averaging 12.5 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout this series. The Celtics will look for Tatum and Brown to remain hot in this one. Irving and Durant have both stepped up in different games and will both look to turn in a strong performance in this one. If either team can have their stars come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have met in a strong first two games of the series and will look for a big win in this one. Brooklyn will look to get their home fans into it early as they try to cut the deficit on the series. I think that the Nets will come out much quicker at home in this one. If Brooklyn can grab an early lead, I like their chances to get the win.

Bovada has the Nets listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Brooklyn at home. I agree with this line as Brooklyn has Kyrie able to play at home now, which will help the Nets out a lot. Brooklyn is looking to avoid a tough 3-0 series deficit with a quick start. As slight favorites in this one, I like the value on the Nets.

The Bet
Brooklyn Nets -2.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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