Celtics vs. Nets - NBA Free Pick, November 14th

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:15 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 7:15 PM UTC

There has still been no official word on Kyrie Irving’s status for tonight, but he has been fitted for a mask and he has joined his teammates in Brooklyn. After original reports said he would be ready for this game, the odds makers have taken the safe approach to the NBA Odds on this one.

Celtics vs. Nets

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Free NBA Pick: Teaser: Celtics -2 & OVER 201 ½Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

Even if Irving doesn’t play in this game, the Nets are going to be without D’Angelo Russell, so the C’s might choose to play it safe with their franchise player in order to give him another day off.

While I do think the Celtics can cover this one without Irving, I think the safest thing to do with this line is tease it. I’ve yet to bring out a lot of teasers this season, but it’s one of the better ways to make money off a sharp line.

At five points, we can tease the Celtics down to -2 in this one and hope that Irving plays. Even if he doesn’t the Boston defense is even better without Irving, and they should be able to slow down what is now a bad Nets team without Russell and Jeremy Lin.

However, the Nets are still going to run at a very fast pace, and without Irving, the Celtics might choose to do the same. It’s going to be very hard or them to run much half-court offense without their two best players, and that could mean more transition offense for the Celtics.

It could also mean a higher score, and in a teaser, we can get the over on the total at 201 ½ on the NBA odds. I think between the lack of star power, the Celtics will play up in pace along with the Nets and make this a higher scoring win like their last game against the Jazz.

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