The Nets have won three in a row and the top team in the Eastern Conference heads to Boston to take on the Celtics, who have also won three in a row.
The Nets have won three in a row and six of their last seven games and they are atop the East with a one game lead over the Bulls and the Heat. They have played well on both sides of the ball and this is their first game of the season facing the Celtics.
The Celtics have won four of their last five games including their last three where they won two of them by double figures. Boston is in the seventh spot in the East only three games back of Brooklyn.
D Gets it DoneIn their last game the Nets were on the road and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-112 playing solid defense. They held the Cavs to 38.7% shooting, shot 47.4% from the floor, and outscored them by 13 points in the third quarter. Kevin Durant went for 27 points with six rebounds and nine assists and LaMarcus Aldridge came off the bench to score 21 points. While Brooklyn won, they failed to cover as a 5.5-point favorite.
Durant (28.5 ppg) leads the league in scoring and he sat out the game before the win over Cleveland. He leads five players that are averaging at least 11 ppg. James Harden (20.8 ppg 7.6 rpg 9.1 assists per game) had 14 points and 14 assists in the last game, after totaling 63 points in his previous two games. Aldridge (13.8 ppg) has scored at least 21 points in two of the last three games. On the season the Nets are 7-2 on the road.
No Problem with the WorstThe Celtics were at home in their last game taking on the worst team in the NBA in the one-win Houston Rockets beating them 108-90 handing them their 15th straight loss. Boston did not have the best shooting game at 42.9% but they held the Rockets to 37.3% shooting and 26.2% (11-42) 3-pt shooting. Five players for the Celtics scored in double figures with Jayson Tatum going for 30 points, Jaylen Brown had 19 points, and Al Horford had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics covered in the win where they were a 12-point favorite.
Tatum (25.7 ppg) leads four players that are averaging at least 13 ppg and over his last foir games he is averaging 33.5 ppg. Brown (24.9 ppg) is back after missing a couple of weeks with an injury and with the Celtics playing last night, he is on injury management and is listed as questionable for the Nets game. Dennis Schroder (17.9 ppg) came off the bench in the last game scoring 18 points and he had totaled 50 points in his previous two games. On the season Boston is 5-3 at home.
The Boston Celtics are:
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Wednesday games
- 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
The Brooklyn Nets are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games