The Boston Celtics in a perfect letdown spot against the New Jersey Nets
The Boston Celtics are one of the best teams in the league this year, but they always have trouble against bad teams like the Nets. Diamond Sportsbook International (DSI) has the latest NBA sports betting odds and great wagering opportunities for basketball.
The Boston Celtics are clicking as a team on all levels. Rajon Rondo is leading the league in assists per game has the most games with over 15 dimes. In his last game against the Bulls, Rondo did it again with 19 assists. Kevin Garnett was a monster in the paint with 20 points and 17 rebounds, and seemed to score every time he touched the ball. The Celtics seem like a well-oiled machine that will make another run to the finals, as long as they stay healthy, which makes this game against the Nets, one they could lose.
Head coach Doc Rivers knows that his team is filled with veterans and they need to be played sparingly. When they face weaker opponents he has been known to lay off the gas. The Celtics are 2-7-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. The Celtics will need to rest some bodies for this game which explains the record on just one day’s rest. The Celtics are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games playing on one day’s rest. Finally the Celtics don’t respond well after a blowout as they are 10-27-1 ATS in their last 38 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
The Nets are not a good team but they are heading in the right direction. They showed great effort coming from behind on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats to force overtime, only to lose in the extra frame.
Even without the injured Devin Harris, the Nets played well behind a 21 point effort from Travis Outlaw. Brooks Lopez will need to have a good game in the paint if they are going to keep up with the Celtics reserves that will see more playing time in this game. The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and are a play plus the points in this match up.
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