Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics: Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for May 22, 2021

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The Boston Celtics are 8-point underdogs heading into Game 1 of the against the Brooklyn Nets (48-24, 0-0) at Barclays Center on Saturday, starting at 8:00 PM ET on ABC. The series is tied . The over/under is set at 229.5 in the matchup.

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Nets vs Celtics Betting Information
FavoriteSpreadFavorite Spread OddsUnderdog Spread OddsTotalOver Total OddsUnder Total Odds
Nets-8-110-110229.5-110-110

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Point Total Insights

  • Brooklyn's games this season have resulted in a higher total score than Saturday's matchup total (229.5 points) in 38 out of 72 opportunities (52.8% of matchups).
  • 30 Boston games this year (41.1% of its matchups) finished with a final point total higher than Saturday's point total of 229.5 points.
  • Together, the two teams combine for 231.3 points per game, 1.8 points more than the point total of 229.5 for this contest.
  • This game's total is 4.4 fewer points than the 225.1 these two teams combine to give up per game in 2020-21.
  • The Nets have seen a 232.6 average over/under in their games this season, 3.1 points more than the over/under in this contest.
  • A difference of 5.8 points separates this matchup's over/under (229.5 points) and the average total points bet in Celtics' games (223.7 points) this season.

Nets Betting Data

  • Brooklyn has a losing record against the spread this season, going 33-34 ATS.
  • When they play as at least 8-point favorites, the Nets have a record ATS of 8-15.
  • Brooklyn and its opponents have hit the over in 55.2% of games (37 out of 67 matchups).

Nets Key Players

  • James Harden leads the Nets in assists and rebounds. He puts up 10.8 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game.
  • Brooklyn's scoring leader is Kevin Durant, who puts up 26.9 points per game.
  • Joe Harris makes 3.1 threes per game to lead the Nets.
  • Brooklyn's blocks leader is Nicolas Claxton, who records 1.3 per game. Kyrie Irving leads the team averaging 1.4 steals a game.

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Nets Last 10 Games

Nets Last Five Games
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalNets MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/16/2021Cavaliers123-109 BKNYesHome-14.5237.5-20001000Regular SeasonNoUnder
5/15/2021Bulls105-91 BKNYesHome-9.5222.5-900575Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/12/2021Spurs128-116 BKNYesHome-11.5235.5-1100675Regular SeasonYesOver
5/11/2021Bulls115-107 BKNYesAway-10.5233.5-700500Regular SeasonNoUnder
5/8/2021Nuggets125-119 BKNNoAway+5.5245.5220-275Regular SeasonYesUnder
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
6-44-63-7-0231.3117.6113.7-0.735.4%

Nets Injuries

Nets:Spencer Dinwiddie: Out For Season (ACL),Landry Shamet: Day To Day (Ankle)

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Celtics Betting Data

  • Boston has an even record against the spread, going 35-35 ATS.
  • When they are at least 8-point underdogs, the Celtics have fared well, going 6-4 against the spread.
  • Boston and its opponents have hit the over in more than half of their games this season -- 39 of 70 (55.7%).

Celtics Key Players

  • Jayson Tatum is the top scorer for the Celtics with 26.4 points per game. He also adds 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game to his stats.
  • Boston's leader in rebounds is Tristan Thompson with 8.1 per game, and its leader in assists is Marcus Smart with 5.7 per game.
  • Kemba Walker is reliable from three-point range and leads the Celtics with 3.0 made threes per game.
  • Smart (1.5 steals per game) is the steal leader for Boston while Robert Williams III (1.8 blocks per game) is the block leader.

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Celtics Last 10 Games

Celtics Last Five Games
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalCeltics MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/18/2021Wizards118-100 BOSYesHome-5.5222.5--PlayoffsYesUnder
5/16/2021Knicks96-92 NYNoAway+15.5197.51350-5000Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/15/2021Timberwolves124-108 BOSYesAway-14.5227.5-50001350Regular SeasonYesOver
5/12/2021Cavaliers102-94 CLEYesAway-3.5192.5-185150Regular SeasonNoOver
5/11/2021Heat129-121 MIAYesHome-7.5256.5--Regular SeasonNoUnder
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
4-66-45-5-0231.7116.6115.1-138.2%

Celtics Injuries

Celtics:Jaylen Brown: Out For Season (Wrist),Robert Williams III: Day To Day (Toe)

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