The Brooklyn Nets (31-19, fourth in the Eastern Conference) visit TD Garden on Wednesday to face the Boston Celtics (36-15, first in the Eastern Conference) for the third of four matchups between the two teams this season. Boston leads the regular-season series 2-0.
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In the first game, a Celtics 103-92 win on Dec. 4, Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 34 points and 10 rebounds in a win that snapped the Nets' four-game winning streak at the time. Kevin Durant led Brooklyn in scoring with 31 points while Kyrie Irving struggled to 18 points on 7-for-21 shooting from the field.
In the second game, a Boston 109-98 win on Jan. 12, Jayson Tatum led the Celtics in scoring with 20 points and guided the team to the win despite not having Brown due to right adductor tightness. For the Nets, Irving led the team in scoring with 24 points, but shot just 9-of-24 from the field in Brooklyn's first game without Durant due to his sprained MCL he suffered four days prior against the Miami Heat.
Boston comes into this game without top defensive guard Marcus Smart and could be without big Robert Williams III. The Celtics have won seven of its past 10 games and was involved in a controversial win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Brooklyn comes into this game having gone 4-6 since Durant has been injured. The Nets are on a two-game winning streak after beating the New York Knicks and the Lakers.
This game can be seen locally on the YES Network (Nets) and NBC Sports Boston (Celtics).
The lines, courtesy of BetMGM
Point spread: Celtics (-8.5)
Money-line: Celtics (-375)/Nets (+300)
Nets at Celtics notable injuries
Nets: OUT: Kevin Durant (knee), Ben Simmons (knee), and TJ Warren (shin). PROBABLE: Yuta Watanabe (back).
Celtics: OUT: Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Marcus Smart (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: Robert Williams III (ankle).
Advice and prediction
The Brooklyn Nets have been playing better basketball as of late, but in wins over the Knicks and the Lakers, the Nets were unable to keep huge leads. It seems that the team loses steam during the second and third quarters and appear to rely too much on Kyrie Irving saving the day in the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics have been one of the best, if not the best teams in the NBA throughout this season, but have dropped three of its last four. Despite being without Marcus Smart and possibly Robert Williams III, the Celtics shouldn't have trouble against the Nets without Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, and TJ Warren.
Prediction: Celtics 120, Nets 110.
Story originally appeared on Nets Wire
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