The NBA season is back in full swing with another exciting Christmas Day of action. Five games will be up on the board throughout December 25. One of these games will be between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics. These two teams were able to start out the season on the right foot, which should lead to a great game on Friday. This game will tip off at around 5:00 PM Eastern time on ABC.
The Nets were able to earn a win in their first game of the season. Brooklyn finished out last season with a record of 35-37, which had them in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. The Nets were swept in their first round matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Brooklyn has their stars back after an injury riddled season and they will look to make the leap to the top of the East this season.
Boston also put up a victory in their first game this season. The Celtics earned a record of 48-24 throughout last season, which had them in third place of the Eastern Conference. Boston won their first and second round matchup, but fell to the Miami Heat in the East Finals. The Celtics will look to get back to the top of the East this season as they look to make it to the NBA Finals.
These two teams are potential Eastern Conference winners this season, which should lead to a great Christmas Day matchup. These two teams will look to earn a big victory on Friday night to try and earn a leg up in the East. Brooklyn has had an extra day off playing on Tuesday night, which could give them a slight edge in this one. Both teams will look to come out strong in this one on Friday.
These two teams met up four times last season. Boston hosted the first game on November 27. Garrett Temple dropped 22 points, while Joe Harris scored 21. The Nets starting lineup combined for 88, but it was not enough. Kemba Walker scored 39 points, while Jaylen Brown scored 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics were able to hold on for a 121-110 win to open the season series.
The second game of the season series was in Brooklyn on November 29. Jayson Tatum dropped 26 points and 9 rebounds. Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart scored 17 and 15 points. Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 32 points and 11 assists. The Nets starting lineup combined for 86 points on the night as Brooklyn earned a 112-107 win to tie up the season series.
Boston hosted the third game of the season series on March 3. Jaylen Brown dropped 22 points, while Kemba Walker scored 21 points. It was not enough for the Celtics though. Caris LeVert had a huge night, putting up 51 points. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 16 points off the bench to help lead the Nets to a big 129-120 win on the road.
The final game of the season series on August 5 in the qualifiers. Jeremiah Martin scored 20 points off the bench. Six players on Brooklyn scored 10 or more points, but it was not enough to give the Nets the win. Jaylen Brown led Boston with 21 points as the Celtics starting lineup combined for 80 points. Boston was able to dominate on offense for a 149-115 win.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant stepped up in the Nets first game of the season. Irving dropped 26 points, while Durant finished with 22 points. Caris LeVert scored 20 points and 9 rebounds off the bench as well. Joe Harris dropped 10 points, while ten other players got on the board with points in the winning effort. If Brooklyn’s depth can continue to come through for them, it could make them tough to stop.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum both stepped up in Boston’s upset over the Milwaukee Bucks in the first game of the season. Brown scored 33 points, while Tatum dropped 30 points and 7 rebounds. Jeff Teague finished with 19 points off the bench. Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Daniel Theis had 10 points.
These two teams had their stars step up in their wins this season. Irving and Durant picked up like they were never out against the Warriors and will need to continue to do so if Brooklyn is going to be a high competitor in the East. The Nets have a lot of depth on their team, which makes them even more dangerous. Boston will need to slow down Brooklyn’s bench if they want to earn a win in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
The Nets were not a great shooting team throughout this season. Brooklyn made around 44.8 percent of their shots from the field. The Nets also made 34.3 percent of their shots from deep and 52.4 percent of their shots in close last season. In their first game, Brooklyn made 45.7 percent of their shots from the field and 42.9 percent of their shots behind the arc.
Boston was around middle of the pack shooting throughout last season. The Celtics made 46.1 percent of their shots last season, while shooting 52.2 percent of their shots inside the arc. Boston also made 36.4 percent of their shots from deep. The Celtics shot 47.5 percent in their first game this season. Boston made 45 percent of their shots from behind the arc and 49.2 percent of their shots in close.
These two teams did not have the best shooting in their first game of the season, but did a good job on defense. Brooklyn had a better performance on defense in their first game, but had an easier matchup with the Warriors. The Nets will look to hold off the Celtics in this one as they look for a big win on Friday night. Boston’s offense will look to break through again as they face off against Brooklyn.
The Nets looked good in their first game as Durant and Irving made their debut together since joining Brooklyn. Boston was able to earn an impressive win against the Bucks in their first game, but will have another tough test on Friday night. If Brooklyn can continue to build chemistry in this one, I think they will be able to earn a big win on Christmas Day.
BetOnline has the Nets listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one, which gives a solid edge to Brooklyn in this one. These two teams are both coming off wins in their first game of the season, which should lead to a good one on Friday. If the Nets bench can step up with the duo of Durant and Irving, I think that the Nets will be able to earn a big win on Christmas Day.