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Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Brooklyn Nets are hosting the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 20:00 ET in Game 1 of this Eastern quarterfinal between the second and seventh-best teams of the conference. The Nets are coming red-hot having won their last five matches. The Celtics were struggling lately and were forced into the play-in tournament where they clinched the 7th place with a win over the Wizards. They are 1-5 in their previous six matches though. 

The Nets finished the regular season with a 48-24 record and are 33-38-1 against the spread and 37-35 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Cavaliers with a 123-109 score. Seven of their players had double digits in scoring and they shot with 57% from the field and 53% from behind the arc. Kevin Durant led the team with 23 points and also added team-highs both in rebounds with 8 and in assists made with 13.       

Durant leads the team in scoring with 26.9 ppg, adding 7.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Kyrie Irving follows with 26.9 ppg as well, 4.8 rebounds and 6 assists per game. 

Nets have the second-best offense in the league with 118.6 ppg, while allowing 114.1 ppg defensively. They have the best field goal percentage with 49.4% and the second-best 3-point percentage with 39.2%. They are 5-0 against the spread in their previous five games. Under is 6-3 in their previous nine matches. 

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Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions 5/22/2021

The Celtics finished the regular season with a 36-36 record and are 33-38-1 against the spread and 37-35 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Wizards with a 100-118 score. Jason Tatum took them by the hand and with 50 points, he single-handedly won the game. He made 5 triples and all of his 17 free throws, adding 8 rebounds.  

He leads the team in scoring with 26.4 ppg, adding 7.4 boards and 4.3 dimes per game. Jaylen Brown adds 24.7 ppg, 6 boards and 3.4 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season. 

The Celtics score 112.6 ppg offensively and allow 111.2 ppg defensively. They shoot with 46.6% from the field and 37.4% from behind the arc. They are 3-0 against the spread in their previous three matches. Under is 4-0 in their previous four matches. 

Brooklyn won all three previous matchups against Boston in the regular season. All three games were under the total. Nets won both home games with 109-104 and with 121-109. They are 5-1 against the spread in their previous six matchups. The Nets are 28-8 at home, while the Celtics are 15-21 on the road. I’m going pick under 228 points today. 

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Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets 5/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 20:00 ET 

Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021

TV: –

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn Nets -8 

NBA Totals: +228

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