Nets vs. Celtics Game 1 Prediction
The Celtics are only laying four points to the visiting Nets for Game 1 of the NBA Conference Quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Will Boston cash for bettors?
525 Brooklyn Nets (+4) at 526 Boston Celtics (-4); o/u 224
3:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 17, 2022
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Brooklyn Nets DFS Notes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Ben Simmons will begin going against teammates on the practice floor this week as he continues to rehab a back injury. Woj stated that Simmons has been running and shooting without pain for over a week now, and going against teammates in practice will be his next step. As of now, his workouts have been limited to 1-on-0 work, but that should change in the very near future and the hope remains that he could make his debut later in the Nets-Celtics series. This is good news for Simmons and the Nets and it looks like his ballpark of returning sometime in the Game 4-Game 6 range of this first-round series actually seems feasible, barring any setbacks that we’ve seen plenty of already.
Boston Celtics DFS Notes
Jayson Tatum returned on Sunday with 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, going 6-of-8 from deep with nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes. The Celtics opened up a big first-half lead and never looked back against a hollowed-out Grizzlies roster. The victory clinched the No. 2 seed for Boston, and they'll get a week off before their first-round series begins vs. either Brooklyn or Cleveland. Tatum has been dealing with right knee tendinopathy in recent weeks, and Jaylen Brown also has a history of chronic knee issues, so the extra rest will be greatly appreciated.
Nets vs. Celtics Game 1 NBA Playoffs Betting Prediction
The Nets are 13-6 against the spread in their last 19 games versus the Celtics, are 4-1 against the number in their last five Conference Quarterfinals games and are 9-3-1 at the betting window in their last 13 road games. On the other side, the Celtics are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six conference quarterfinals games.
NBA PLAYOFFS BETTING PREDICTION: BROOKLYN NETS +4