The Brooklyn Nets who were considered title-favourites at the start of the season are 2-0 down to the Boston Celtics. The series has been nothing short of exciting as the Celtics have displayed their incredible defense through the two games played while the Nets are finding it difficult to get it going at the offensive ends.
The match starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, 23 April 2022. The game time by GMT is 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. The match venue is Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics (April 23) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics latest odds on betting sites
The Brooklyn Nets money line odds are priced at 1.64 (-156 American; 25/39 Fractional), while the Boston Celtics money line odds are priced at 2.35 (+135; 27/20). This equals approximate probabilities of 61% against 39% respectively.
- Over 222.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 222.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Brooklyn Nets -3.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Boston Celtics +3.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics match preview and statistics
The Nets are facing the Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs for the second time in a row. Last year, the Celtics barely avoided a sweep, but things have taken a different turn this postseason.
The last game against the Celtics was one to forget for Kevin Durant. Although he led the team in scoring with 27 points and he had five assists and a steal. This would have been a good stat except that he shot 4 for 17 in the game, and he was 0 for 10 in the second half as his shooting woes continued.
Kyrie Irving couldn’t get it going as he did in game 1. He finished the game with 10 points shooting 4 for 13, 8 boards and an assist.
Bruce Brown dropped 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Goran Dragic, from the bench, scored 18 points.
Team statistics: 35/76 (46.1%) field goals, 10/21 (47.6%) 3 pointers, 27/34 (79.4%) free throws, 16 assists, 36 total rebounds, 8 steals, 8 blocks, 14 turnovers, 28 fouls.
Brooklyn Nets team news: Ben Simmons and Joe Harris are ruled out for the match, while Blake Griffin is questionable for the game.
The Celtics have done a wonderful job playing defense against the Nets. They took Kyrie Irving’s scoring and playmaking out of the game and made sure Kevin Durant kept having bad games with the intensity of the defense on him. Jaylen Brown led the team with 22 points on 9 for 18 shooting, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.
Jason Tatum was next in line with 19 points and 10 rebounds double-double performance. Al Horford dropped 16 points, 6 rebounds and a steal.
Grant Williams was instrumental to the Celtics' win, he shot a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, 3 for 3 from downtown ending the game with 17 points and 6 boards.
Payton Pritchard’s 10 points were big for the Celtics. He scored 8 in the 4th quarter and he was that extra firepower the Celtics needed from the bench.
Team statistics: 39/75 (52.0%) field goals, 11/31 (35.5%) 3 pointers, 25/31 (80.6%) free throws, 27 assists, 36 total rebounds, 4 blocks, 7 steals, 14 turnovers, 27 fouls.
Boston Celtics team news: Robert Williams III is questionable for the game.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics H2H
All-time, the Brooklyn Nets are 12-5 against the Celtics. In the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs, the Nets were up against the Celtics and they won in 5 games. Celtics lead this series 2-0.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics lineups and key players
Brooklyn Nets projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Kyrie Irving
- Shooting guard: Seth Curry
- Small forward: Kevin Durant
- Power forward: Bruce Brown
- Center: Andre Drummond
Kevin Durant is the key player to watch out for. Although he had 27 points in the last game, 18 of them were from the free-throw line. If the Nets will have a chance in this series, they need Kevin Durant to have a good game amidst the Celtics' incredible defense.
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Marcus Smart
- Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
- Small forward: Jayson Tatum
- Power forward: Al Horford
- Center: Daniel Theis
Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. He finished the game with a team-high 10 assists. Jayson Tatum’s 18 assists in 2 games are his most in a 2 game span in his career. If he continues to make these unselfish plays, the Celtics will sure be a hard nut for the Nets to crack.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics predictions and betting tips
Ime Udoka has done a wonderful job with the Celtics, the Boston Celtics are playing like a team unlike the Brooklyn Nets who rely on the duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and in games where they couldn’t get it going, the whole team suffers at large. If the Celtics can keep up the good defense and share the ball efficiently as they’ve done, the game is theirs to lose.
The Nets are finally playing at home and Kyrie Irving will be free from Boston’s hostility, playing in a more comfortable and familiar environment might be all the Nets need to secure the dub. If only they can figure out how to counter the Celtics' defense. If the Nets can figure that out, they are poised to win the game. Predictions for this game are the Brooklyn Nets to win and over 226.0 points.
Betting prediction: Brooklyn Nets to win
Odds: 1.64 (-156 American; 25/39 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 222.5 points
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)