The Brooklyn Nets are now looking to avoid a sweep and maybe they could have a glimpse of hope in the series. The Celtics' defense cannot be overemphasized as their defensive performance was key to the Celtics earning a 3-0 lead over the Nets and potentially going for a sweep in the Barclays center to end the series.
The match starts at 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday, 25 April 2022. The game time by GMT is 11:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The match venue is Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics (April 25) 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 1.86 (-116 American; 25/29 Fractional), while the Boston Celtics money line odds are priced at 1.95 (-105; 20/21). This equals approximate probabilities of 53% against 47% respectively.
- Over 220.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 220.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Brooklyn Nets -1.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Boston Celtics +1.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics match preview and statistics
The Nets who finished the regular season as the 7th seed are playing the Celtics in game 4 of a series where the Nets were picked to be the favourites owing to their record in the postseason against the Celtics.
Game 3 had Bruce Brown leading the team in scoring with 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists while Kevin Durant followed up with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and a steal.
Kyrie Irving although had a bad shooting game created chances for his teammates as he finished the game with 16 points shooting 6 for 17, got 3 boards, 9 assists and 3 steals.
Seth Curry dropped 10 points while Blake Griffin scored 8 points in about 8 minutes in his first playoff game in this series.
Nic Claxton and Patty Mills from the bench dropped 13 and 12 points respectively.
Team statistics: 39/77 (50.6%) field goals, 12/29 (41.4%) 3 pointers, 13/16 (81.2%) free throws, 25 assists, 33 total rebounds, 7 steals, 5 blocks, 18 turnovers, 22 fouls.
Brooklyn Nets team news: Ben Simmons and Joe Harris are ruled out for the match.
The Celtics have shown no signs of relenting, they have kept up the high intensity of the game all series. The doubt around how long they could keep defending the Nets in that manner has been cleared as they did just that in the Barclays Center. Jason Tatum who rightfully leads the Celtics in points per game this series with almost 30 ppg against the Nets, rose to the occasion and led the team in scoring with 39 points followed by an impressive 6 steals and 6 assists.
Jaylen Brown rightfully followed up with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, while Marcus Smart added 14 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
Grant Williams scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and he got a steal while Daniel Theis finished the game with 9 points and 6 boards.
Payton Pritchard once again from the bench in his 12 minutes cameo was spot on with 10 points shooting 4 of 5 from the field and 2 of 3 from the 3-point line.
Team statistics: 42/84 (50.0%) field goals, 12/39 (30.8%) 3 pointers, 13/14 (92.9%) free throws, 26 assists, 34 total rebounds, 3 blocks, 13 steals, 14 turnovers, 19 fouls.
Boston Celtics team news: No injury reported.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics H2H
All time, the Brooklyn Nets are 12-6 against the Celtics. Celtics lead the series 3-0
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
Bruce Brown is the key player to watch out for. With all the aggressive defense played by the Celtics, especially on the Nets duo of Durant and Irving, Bruce Brown stepped up in game 3 and he’d have a huge role to play if the Nets are to take game 4.
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 game 3 with a team-high 39 points and he leads the Celtics in points per game in the series. His defensive effort is key to keeping Kevin Durant out of the game.
Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics predictions and betting tips
The Celtics have the 3-0 advantage and are potentially aiming for a sweep. They have Robert Williams back though on restricted minutes while Ben Simmons was recently ruled out for a game 4 comeback. The situation is bad for the Nets, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant can’t just figure out a way past the Celtics' solid defense and the supporting cast also can’t get the job done.
The Nets, although with the fate of their postseason run on the line, might want to put up a fight and avoid a sweep. Ime Udoka and the Celtics look to have figured out the Nets and with their high momentum, they’d want to finish up the series in game 4 and avoid any comeback though no team in the NBA have made a comeback in the playoffs from 3-0 down. The Celtics are backed to finish things up in game 4 and end the series. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 220 points.
Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win
Odds: 1.95 (-105 American; 20/21 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 220 points
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)