Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics NBA Pick – Game 2

The NBA is set up with another strong night of playoff hockey on Wednesday night. Three games are up on the board throughout April 20. One of these games will be between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Brooklyn earned a record of 44-38 throughout this season, which had them sitting in seventh place of the Eastern Conference. The Nets finished the season on a four game winning streak and were able to keep that up with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in tournament. Brooklyn dropped the first game of this series and will look to bounce back in this one.

The Celtics put up a record of 51-31 during the regular season, which had them grab the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston won four of their last five games to end the regular season. The Celtics then carried that momentum into Game 1. Boston will look to keep it going as they look for a 2-0 series lead before going on the road.

These two teams were solid during the regular season and will look for a big win in this one.

The Nets have struggled a bit more during the season, but finished strong. Boston was the hottest team in the NBA at the turn of the calendar year. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Money Line Total
Brooklyn Nets +3 ½ (-110) +135 Over 226 (-110)
Boston Celtics -3 ½ (-110) -160 Under 226 (-110)
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Team Data Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics
Playoff Record 0-1 1-0
Away/ Home Playoff Record 0-1 1-0
Playoff PPG 114.0 115.0
Playoff PPG Away/ Home 114.0 115.0
Playoff PAPG 115.0 114.0
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home 115.0 114.0

Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics Betting Trends

Brooklyn Nets

  • 33-48 ATS this season
  • 16-11 ATS as an underdog
  • 24-16 ATS in road games
  • 3-4 ATS in April
  • 6-8 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 9-7 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 6-9 ATS after a divisional game
  • 1-1 ATS in Playoffs
  • 20-25 ATS against team with a winning record

Boston Celtics

  • 44-36 ATS this season
  • 31-28 ATS as a favorite
  • 19-21 ATS in home games
  • 4-2 ATS in April
  • 6-5 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 8-8 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 6-9 ATS after a divisional game
  • 0-1 ATS in Playoffs
  • 24-14 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up in Game 1 of their series on April 17. Kyrie Irving dropped 39 points, while Kevin Durant added 23 points. It was not enough for the Nets though. Jayson Tatum put up 31 points and 8 assists, while Jaylen Brown added 23 points. Al Horford and Marcus Smart both added 20 points. Tatum put in a layup at the buzzer to give Boston a 115-114 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Nets were strong shooting the ball throughout the season. Brooklyn made 47.5 percent of their shots from the field, which was 4th in the league. The Nets shot 36.1 percent from behind the arc, which was 10th in the NBA. Brooklyn also sunk 80.5 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which was 6th in the league.

Boston was solid shooting the ball in the regular season. The Celtics were shooting 46.6 percent from the field, which was 15th in the NBA. Boston made 35.6 percent of their shots from deep, which was 14th in the league. The Celtics drained 81.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which was 2nd in the NBA this season.

Brooklyn was the better team shooting the ball in the regular season, but the Celtics had the better defense. Boston held their opponents to a 43.4 percent from the field, which was 1st in the league. The Nets allowed opposing teams to shoot 45.2 percent from the field, which was 7th in the NBA. Both teams will look for strong defense to lead them in this series.

Top Performers

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving continued to lead Brooklyn in the regular season. Durant averaged 29.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Irving was averaging 27.4 points and 5.8 assists. Seth Curry averaged 14.9 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge was averaging 12.9 points. Andre Drummond averaged 11.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Patty Mills rounded out the lineup, averaging 11.4 points.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were the leaders for the Celtics this season. Tatum was averaging 26.9 points and 8 rebounds per game. Brown averaged 23.6 points per game. Marcus Smart was averaging 12.1 points, while Derrick White averaged 11 points per game. Al Horford averaged 10.2 points to round out this lineup.

The Nets are missing Joe Harris and Aldridge missed Game 1, which hurt their lineup. Boston is without Robert Williams, who was great defensively this season. Horford and Smart stepped up in Game 1 and the Nets will look to slow them down. Brooklyn will look for Mills and Curry to step up after rough games on Sunday.

Pick Overview

These two teams were strong throughout the regular season and it should lead to a great series. The first game came down to the wire with Tatum winning it at the buzzer. I expect Brooklyn to step up though as they look for their offense to step up. If the Nets can get some more scoring from their role players, I think they can tie this series up.

Bovada has Boston listed as a -160 against the money line in this one.

This implies that the Celtics will win this game around 61.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with how close Game 1 of the series was. Brooklyn finished the season really strong and they will put up a fight. As big underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Nets.

The Bet
Brooklyn Nets
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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