Nets vs Celtics: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – December 25, 2020

The Boston Celtics (1-0) are for a Christmas Day showdown against the Brooklyn Nets (1-0), starting at 5:00 PM at TD Garden ET on ABC. The over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect data from William Hill sportsbook as of December 22, 2020, 5:55 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Nets vs Celtics Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 24

Nets:
Nicolas Claxton: Out (Right knee)

Celtics:
Romeo Langford: Out (Right wrist),
Tacko Fall: Out (Eye),
Kemba Walker: Out (Left knee)

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Nets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Kyrie Irving 20 27.4 5.2 6.4 1.4 0.5 2.8
Spencer Dinwiddie 64 20.6 3.5 6.8 0.6 0.3 1.9
Caris LeVert 45 18.7 4.2 4.4 1.2 0.2 1.8
Joe Harris 69 14.5 4.3 2.1 0.6 0.2 2.5
Jeff Green 18 12.2 2.9 1.7 0.8 0.5 1.6

Celtics Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jayson Tatum 66 23.4 7.0 3.0 1.4 0.8 2.9
Kemba Walker 56 20.4 3.9 4.8 0.9 0.5 3.2
Jaylen Brown 57 20.3 6.4 2.1 1.1 0.4 2.3
Jeff Teague 34 13.2 2.6 6.1 0.7 0.4 1.0
Marcus Smart 60 12.9 3.8 4.9 1.7 0.5 2.3

Shooting Trends

  • The Nets made 44.5% of their shots from the field last season, which was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Celtics allowed to their opponents (43.8%).
  • Brooklyn had a 27-17 record against the spread and a 24-20 straight-up record in games it shot better than 43.8% from the field.
  • Boston had a 36-17-2 record against the spread and a 41-14 record overall when allowing its opponents to make more than 44.5% of their shots from the field.
  • The Celtics’ 46% shooting percentage from the field last season was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Nets given up to their opponents (44.8%).
  • Boston went 34-9-3 against the spread and 38-8 overall when it shot better than 44.8% from the field.
  • When Brooklyn’s opponents shot over 46% from the field last season, it was 26-20 against the spread and 24-22 overall.
  • The Nets’ 34.2% three-point shooting percentage last season was only 0.8 percentage points higher than opponents of the Celtics shot from beyond the arc (33.4%).
  • Brooklyn collected a 25-14 record against the spread and a 24-15 straight-up record in games last season when the team connected on more than 33.4% of its three-point attempts.
  • Boston went 34-12-1 against the spread while putting together a 35-12 straight-up record when its opponents shot over 34.2% from downtown.
  • The Celtics knocked down 35.9% of their shots from three-point distance, which was 0.4 percentage points higher than the 35.5% the Nets’ opponents averaged last season.
  • Boston had a 32-10-3 ATS record and is 37-8 straight-up when the team hit more than 35.5% of its three-point attempts.
  • Brooklyn had a 27-14 ATS record and a 24-17 straight-up record last season when it hit more than 35.9% of its three-point attempts.
  • The Nets connected on 13.2 three-pointers per game last season, only 0.7 more makes per game than the Celtics allowed (12.5).
  • Brooklyn went 28-13 against the spread and 22-19 overall when it connected on more threes than its opponents, while Boston went 14-18-3 ATS and 17-18 straight up in games when it was out-shot from the three-point line.
  • The Celtics were the 12th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA a season ago, while the Nets allowed the 13th-fewest makes from deep.

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Nets vs Celtics Stat Rankings

Nets Rank Nets AVG Celtics AVG Celtics Rank
16th 111.5 Points Scored 112.8 9th
19th 113.1 Points Allowed 106.8 2nd
2nd 47.7 Rebounds 45.9 8th
9th 10.6 Off. Rebounds 10.3 6th
9th 13.2 3pt Made 12.5 12th
15th 24.5 Assists 22.9 25th
21st 14.5 Turnovers 13.2 8th

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