The Brooklyn Nets will face off against the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division showdown from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, meeting each other for the third time this season. The previous two duels were also played in January, and the series is tied with each team winning on the home court, while the Celtics have beaten the Nets in 10 of the previous 11 head-to-head matchups.
NBA: Monday, January 28, 2019, TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, 7:30 PM ET
The Nets keep rolling
The Brooklyn Nets (27-23; 28-22 ATS) are among the hottest teams in the league, winning 15 of their previous 20 games overall and covering the spread 13 times in that span. The Nets are on a six-game winning streak following a 109-99 home victory over the New York Knicks this past Friday thanks to a brilliant contribution by their bench that dropped whopping 72 points on the Knicks. The Nets shot 40.5% from the field, hitting just nine of their 33 attempts from beyond the arc, but they posted 27 rebounds more than their rivals (60-33). It was Brooklyn’s eighth straight win on the home court, while the Nets are 4-2 straight up and ATS in their last six showings on the road.
D’Angelo Russell is leading the Nets this season, averaging 19.2 points and 6.4 assists per game while hitting 43.8% of his field goals and 37.6% of his 3-pointers. The talented big man Jarrett Allen is posting 11.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per contest, while Joe Harris is tallying 13.4 points per game on 46.8% shooting from deep. The Nets are struggling with injuries all season long and will miss Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb), Allen Crabbe (knee) and Caris LeVert (foot) tonight. Brooklyn is scoring 111.6 points per 100 possessions (13th in the league) on 45.5% shooting from the field (18th) and 36.1% from downtown (8th), allowing 111.2 points in a return (19th) on 46.4% shooting from the field (20th).
The Celtics move on as the Warriors were too much
The Boston Celtics (30-19; 25-24 ATS) are coming off a 115-111 home loss to the reigning champions Golden State Warriors this past Saturday that put an end to their five-game winning streak. Also, it was Boston’s first defeat at TD Garden after 10 consecutive victories, while the Celtics are 8-3 ATS during that 11-game stretch. The Celtics battled bravely against the All-Star Warriors but just couldn’t edge the game. They shot 41.4% from the field, nailing 15 of their 40 3-point attempts while Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Jayson Tatum combined for 74 points. On the other hand, the Celtics’ bench completely disappointed, scoring just 16 points including Gordon Hayward’s two free throws in 22 minutes on the floor.
Kyrie Irving is leading the way for the Celtics, averaging 23.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game. Uncle Drew is hitting 49.9% of his field goals and 41.2% of his 3-point attempts. Jayson Tatum is posting 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while Al Horford is tallying 12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. The Celtics are scoring 112.6 points per 100 possessions (10th in the league) on 46.0% shooting from the field (14th) and 37.0% from beyond the arc (6th), conceding 106.3 points in a return (5th) on 44.2% shooting from the field (3rd).
- 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS in the last ten road meetings with the Atlantic Division
- 5-2 SU and ATS in the last seven games as underdogs
- Over is 8-5 in the last 13 games overall
- 9-1 SU and ATS in six home meetings with the Atlantic Division this season
- 6-1 SU and 3-4 ATS in the last seven home meetings with Brooklyn
- Under is 7-5 in the last 12 games overall
The Winner Prediction
Both Brooklyn and Boston have been playing very well lately, so their head-to-head matchup should be a joy to watch. The Nets have beaten the Celtics 109-102 at home in the previous duel, but the Celtics have easily thrashed of the Nets at TD Garden 116-95 and I expect to see more of the same this time. The Celtics are coming off a painful defeat to the Warriors and should be determined to bounce back immediately, so I’m taking them to cover this large spread against the short-handed Nets.
The Pick: Boston Celtics -9.5 (-110)