The Boston Celtics (12-4) will attempt to extend their six-game home winning streak in a matchup against the Brooklyn Nets (9-8) at TD Garden. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics Free Prediction
The Nets will be looking for a similar outcome after narrowly defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last matchup, 108-106, as 1-point underdogs. The game’s combined points (214) were under the O/U total of 219. The Nets, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.1, had a mark of 26.7 and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.527 (above their season average of 0.518). Jarrett Allen led the way for Brooklyn, putting up 22 points and 21 rebounds.
In the Celtics’ last game, they barely escaped the Sacramento Kings, 103-102, but failed to cover as 6-point favorites. The game’s total points (205) came in just under the O/U total of 206. The Celtics knocked down 20 of their 23 free throws (87.0 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (10.4 vs. 14.1). With 17 points, seven assists and five steals, Boston’s Marcus Smart had a good performance.
After splitting four games last season, these teams will battle for the first time this year. In the last contest, the Nets won 110-96. The Nets had a better turnover percentage (11.2 vs. 13.9) and had a better free throw rate (0.265 vs. 0.217).
Brooklyn comes into the contest with records of 9-8 straight up (SU) and 8-8-1 against the spread (ATS). Of the Nets’ 17 games, nine have finished under the projected point total.
Meanwhile, Boston is 12-4 SU and 9-6-1 ATS. Of the Celtics’ 16 games, 11 have finished under the O/U total.
Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games. Spencer Dinwiddie (25 points,6.2 assists,1.2 steals) has been stellar for the Nets while Smart (13 points,5.6 assists,1.8 steals) has contributed greatly to the Celtics.
Boston could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. Boston ranks first in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 11.7 percent), while Brooklyn forces the first-fewest turnovers (12.2 percent).
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Free Pick
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Nets, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
On the road, Brooklyn is 4-4-1 ATS with 4 overs, 4 unders and 1 push.
Boston is 3-3 ATS at home with 3 overs and 3 unders.
When holding opponents below 100 points, Brooklyn is 2-0 and Boston is 3-1.
When scoring more than 100 points, the Nets are 9-6 and the Celtics are 11-1.
Boston ranks first in points off turnovers allowed per game (13.3) while Brooklyn ranks 22nd (18.4).
The Nets average 47.1 rebounds per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. The Celtics rank 27th in rebounds allowed per game (48.3).
Boston ranks first in steals allowed per game (5.6) while Brooklyn ranks 20th (8.2).
The Nets average 36.5 three pointers per game, which ranks fifth in the league. The Celtics rank 21st in three pointers allowed per game (34.9).
Boston ranks second in points allowed in the paint per game (41.3) while Brooklyn ranks 13th (47.5).
The Nets average 5.1 blocks per game, which ranks 14th in the league. The Celtics rank 24th in blocks allowed per game (6.0).
Brooklyn averages 14.4 second chance points per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Boston ranks 12th in second chance points allowed per game (13.2).
The Celtics rank fifth in fast break points allowed per game (11.9) while the Nets rank seventh (12.1).
Brooklyn is fourth in the league with 22.2 assists allowed per game while Boston is fifth with 22.5 assists allowed per game.
In its last five games, Brooklyn is 3-2 ATS with 5 unders.
Boston is 3-2 ATS with 5 unders over its last five games.
The Nets have outscored opponents by an average of 0.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Brooklyn has lost by an average of 1.2 points.
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 99.4 points per game (10.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 98.0 points per game (5.7 below their season average).