Celtics vs. Nets Game 3 Prediction
The Celtics lead their best-of-seven series with the Nets 2-0 but now the venue shifts to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY for Game 3 on Saturday night. Will Brooklyn carve into Boston’s lead with a win and a cover tonight?
541 Toronto Raptors (+7.5) at 542 Philadelphia 76ers (-7.5); o/u 217.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 23, 2022
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Boston Celtics DFS Notes
Jaylen Brown hit 9-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for a team-high 22 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals in Wednesday's thrilling 114-107 win over the Nets to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Brown scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter while the Boston defense completely stifled Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for most of the night. Seven of the eight Celtics who played scored in double figures as Jayson Tatum came through with 19 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, a block and two 3-pointers, Grant Williams scored a playoff career-high 17 points on four shots, Al Horford had 16 points, six boards and three 3-pointers, Daniel Theis had 15 on 7-of-9 shooting, Marcus Smart scored 12, and Payton Pritchard added 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench. The Celtics will have a tougher time in Brooklyn for Games 3 & 4 and the Nets have to be stinging after having a chance to win both of these games on the road.
Brooklyn Nets DFS Notes
Kyrie Irving hit just 4-of-13 shots for 10 points, eight rebounds, one assist and a block in 40 minutes of Wednesday's 114-107 loss at Boston to put the Nets in an 0-2 hole with the series heading to Brooklyn on Saturday. Kyrie, who is fasting for Ramadan, left the bench early in the game and came back with some food, including a banana, as he was able to eat after the sun went down. Ancient Goran Dragic didn't have the same problems that Kyrie had tonight, hitting 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, four rebounds and a steal in the loss. Note to self - use Dragic in DFS, as he's now hit 14-of-25 shots and two 3-pointers for 32 points over the first two games of this series. Kevin Durant, on the other hand, has hit 13-of-41 shots with 12 turnovers in those two games.
Celtics vs. Nets Game 3 NBA Playoffs Betting Prediction
The Celtics are just 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 games versus the Nets in Brooklyn and are 1-4 against the number in their last five playoff games as an underdog. The Nets, meanwhile, are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven Conference Quarterfinals games and are 5-2 at the betting window in their last seven games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600.
NBA PLAYOFFS BETTING PREDICTION: BROOKLYN NETS -3