Atlantic division foes clash when the Brooklyn Nets travel to Boston with our NBA picks preview for Wednesday night! Who are we looking to cash for us in this matchup?
Swinging Johnson - NBA Record (15-19,-19.0 units)
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Last Thursday night we had a doubleheader with the Mavericks +7 losing the game 98-97 but covering for three units over the Nuggets while the Spurs +8 still wasn't enough of a head start to get the cover over Oklahoma City when they bowed 100-88 and cost us one unit. Overall, we did the splits but picked up almost two units in the process. We are still deep behind the eight-ball, 19 units in the red, but we shall overcome. Let's see if there is any betting value for our sports picks tonight.
Brooklyn Nets (45-32 SU, 36-39-2 ATS)
The Nets welcomed the boys from the City of Brotherly Love (if you've ever watched the Eagles at Veterans Stadium or Lincoln Financial Field as it is now called, then you are no doubt aware of the irony) last night and dribbled away with a 104-83 victory as eight point home favorites on the NBA betting odds boards.
The Nets have won two of three from the Celtics this season and their advantage on the glass is critical if they are to come away with another road win after their impressive performance against the 76'ers on Tuesday night. Brooke Lopez is the center of the universe for the Nets, leading the team in points (19.4) and blocks (2.1) while also collecting an average of seven rebounds per contest.
Last night Lopez again led his team with 29 points but it was power forward Reggie Evans who had a monster night on the glass. Evans deposited 17 points and 24 rebounds as the Nets proved once again how important it is to dominate the boards. Lopez, Evans and Andray Blatche have combined for 75 rebounds in the season series against Boston.
Boston Celtics (40-37 SU, 35-39-3 ATS)
The C's appear locked into the 7th seed but if the next five games of the regular season fall perfectly, Boston could find themselves leapfrogging over both Atlanta and Chicago for the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. If that were to happen their likely first-round opponent would be the team they are facing tonight, the Brooklyn Nets.
While the Nets were battling the Sixers last night, the Green was enjoying a three day respite from the hardcourt. They last checked in on Sunday night with a 107-96 victory over the Wizards. Boston is wrapping up a four-game home stint, getting their biggest test tonight from Brooklyn after defeating Detroit and Washington but dropping an ugly 97-91 decision to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers sandwiched in-between.
As we all know, Rajon Rondo and rookie 1st-round pick Jared Sullinger are out for the season while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett struggle against the clock and a series of nagging injuries. The Celts are 19th in points scored and a disappointing 29th in rebounds. They are a difficult team to score on, particularly with defensive whiz Avery Bradley back in the fold after a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the early part of the season. Boston currently ranks 11th in points allowed, surrendering an average of 96.4 per game.
The Nets are 6-5 in the second game of back-to-backs when the first game was at home. Head coach P.J. Carlesimo rested all his starters in the 4th quarter of last night's blowout over Philly which should bode well for their chances this evening, particularly when you consider they had only a short hop from New York to Boston, therefore travel time should not be a factor.
The Nets are just too big for the Celtics. They floored the Green last time they visited Boston 95-83 way back in November and I can see that happening again tonight. The Celtics are an old team who have played just good enough to get by some weak teams recently (and even lost to the Cavaliers). While I'm not fond of backing teams on the second night of back-to-backs, I'll make an exception here.NBA Picks: Add Brooklyn +4 for 3 units at Betonline to your NBA picks tonight.