The Boston Celtics begin their 6-road-game schedule with a visit to the Barclays Center and face the hosts Brooklyn Nets on Sunday (December 4).
The 18-5 Celtics come into this game on the back of a 116-120 loss against the Miami Heat. The 13-11 Nets come into this game following a four-game win streak. The betting odds and predictions are down below:
The Celtics have made winning a habit this season. But they were caught by surprise in the last game at the hands of the Heat, losing 116-120. It was only their second defeat in the last 10 games. They sit comfortably at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, two games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jayson Tatum didn’t start December off all that well, scoring only 14 points against the Heat. He went 5-18 from the field in that game, missing all of his 7 attempted threes. It was by far his worst performance of the season, in which he has been possibly the best player in the league. At the time of writing, he is the favorite to win the MVP award, averaging 31-8-4 for the season on 62.4% true shooting.
He goes up against his rival for the MVP trophy at the moment, Kevin Durant. The Brooklyn side is statistically the most in-form team in the entire NBA, enjoying the longest active win streak (4) of any team in the league. They are in terrific form, having won seven of their last nine games and climbing up to 6th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
This upturn in fortune is all thanks to the monstrous form of Kevin Durant. Not many players in the league can boast of a record as good as his at the moment. Prior to the game against the Raptors, KD was averaging nearly 38 points per game over the previous four games, on a whopping 62% true shooting. In such a calamitous campaign, Durant is constantly proving why he is often talked about as the best player on the planet.
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Match Details
Fixture: Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets
Date & Time: Sunday, December 4, 6:00 p.m. EST
Venue: Barclays Center, New York City, New York
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Injury Report
The Celtics are still without center Robert Williams while the Nets have Ben Simmons on the sidelines.
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds & Spreads
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Starting 5s
Boston Celtics: PG M. Smart (GTD) SG Derrick White SF Jaylen Brown PF Jayson Tatum C Al Horford
Brooklyn Nets: PG Kyrie Irving SG Joe Harris SF Royce O’Neale PF Kevin Durant C N. Claxton
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Prediction
Possibly the biggest blockbuster fixture of the day sees two of the best Eastern Conference teams face off. The Celtics have been outstanding this season. They begin their long-standing away game run with this one. They haven’t been as solid on the road as they have been at the TD Garden.
The Nets look phenomenal and in hot form. Are there any defenses at the moment that could stop KD from stealing the show? Not many, which is why the Nets should win this game.