NBA Betting Previews: Can The Nets Bounce Back In Game 2?

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles downcourt against Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of Round 1 Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs at TD Garden on April 17, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Brooklyn Nets (45-39, 34-47-2 ATS) @ Boston Celtics (52-31, 45-37-1 ATS), 7 p.m. ET

Lines/News: The Celtics are 3.5-point favorites to take a 2-0 series lead. They went 33-10 in their last 43 regular-season games, outscoring opponents by an average of 13.5 points per 100 possessions (about the equivalent of a game). The O/U is 226 at Caesars Sportsbook. Boston won Game 1 at the buzzer, 115-114 with Kevin Durant uncharacteristically struggling to score (9-for-24). The Nets are 6-4 straight up over their last 10 games. The Celtics are 7-3 straight up over their last 10 games. The Nets to the Over this year are 41-41-1 and the Celtics are 41-40-2.

Nets Trends: The Nets are 12-6-2 against the spread (ATS) as away underdogs this season. After their last five losses, they are 1-4 ATS.  The Over is 2-6 in the last eight Nets games.

Celtics Trends: The Celtics are 16-22-1 ATS as home favorites this season and 3-9-1 ATS versus the Nets in their last 13 games. The Over is 11-2 in the last 13 Celtics games.

Player Trends: Brooklyn Nets Durant (O/U 29.5 points) scored 30+ points in 10 of his last 14 (71.43%) when the Nets are the underdog (avg. 30.8). He’s scored 30+ points in two of his last seven (28.57%) against a team with a winning record (avg. 30.7).

Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum (O/U 31.5 points) has scored 32+ points in one of his last eight (12.5%) at home (avg. 27.4). He’s scored 32+ points in two of his last 22 (9.1%) games against a team with a winning record (avg. 24.5).