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Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Betting Odds, Predictions and Picks (Friday, April 23, 2021)

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting NBA

As the saying goes, “March goes in like a lion and comes out like a lamb.”  Thus, the story of the Celtics that month.  Boston gushed red ink in March, much to the irritation of gamblers.  However, the Celtics are showing improved NBA betting value in April.  Boston disappointed all in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.  And they are yet to regain the trust of gamblers.  When healthy, the Nets have plenty of public wagering appeal.  Of great concern is their ongoing injury woes to key personnel.  Brooklyn remains an Eastern Conference favorite on the assumption they’ll be playoff healthy.

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Information

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV Coverage: ESPN

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Celtics +4½ (-110) 227 (-110) +160
Nets -4½ (-110) 227 (-110) -185
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Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets CashBet Wagering Analysis

Public wagering handle will split the sportsbook odds.  Sharps like a quality Boston team on the road.  Cause by the more favorable price to the Celtics.  Squares remain enamored with the Nets.  Brooklyn resembles a fantasy basketball team.  That completely fits the casual gambler’s mindset.  Additionally, the Nets appeal to the square’s comfort zone as the home team.  Boston’s improved play has not gotten past the Wise Guys.  And the pros like what they see.  At the onset of the season, the Celtics were ranked as a top-tier Eastern Conference contender.  Finally, those expectations may be realized.

Boston Perks Up after Stretch of Red Ink

Late on, the Celtics have covered four of their previous five betting on NBA matchups.  Four of those five matchups went over the total.  Boston is 31-26 straight up, 28-28-1 against the spread, and 29-28 over the number.  NBA metrics show the Celtics 16th for scoring offense and 10th for points allowed.

First among Boston scorers is Jayson Tatum, with 26 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.  Tatum is on fire with 20 or more points in 13 of his last 14 games.  Last Saturday, he scored 44 points in a win over Golden State.  He drained 53 on Minnesota in an April 9 victory.  Jaylen Brown adds 24.6 points per game.  Overall, Brown scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games.

Injuries Tie Up the Nets

Namely, Kevin Durant is questionable with the thigh issue.  While James Harden is out until late April with a damaged hamstring.  That’s two of Brooklyn’s “Big Three.”  Despite these problems, the Nets have covered three of their last four games.  Five of their previous seven games cleared the pro basketball betting total.  Brooklyn is 38-19 straight up, 28-29 against the spread, and 34-23 over the number.  In sum, the Nets rank 2nd in the NBA for scoring offense and 22nd for points allowed.  Brooklyn is 1.5 games behind Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference lead.

In view of their injury issues, the Nets are more reliant on Kyrie Irving.  Brooklyn’s point guard leads with 27.3 points and 6.1 assists per contest.  Irving scored 20 or more points in five of Brooklyn’s previous seven matchups.

Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets Against the Spread

Boston has covered seven of their last nine basketball betting away matchups.  And then seven of those road tilts cleared the total.  By contrast, the Nets are 3-7 vs. the odds at Barclays Center.  Brooklyn is 4-1 over the number in their previous five home matchups.

Overall, the Nets have covered seven of their last nine against the Celtics.  Four of the previous six games in this series cleared the total.  Specifically at Brooklyn, the Nets got the cash in five straight games over Boston.  Four of those five games stayed under the number.

Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, we have an improving Celtics team showing good NBA gambling value.  Notwithstanding that is Boston’s problems in Brooklyn.  As mentioned earlier, the Nets boss the cashier’s cage in this series at TD Garden.

Celtics at Nets CashBet Best Bet: 

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