|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Boston Celtics||+12 (-110)
|O 231.5 (-115)
|Brooklyn Nets||-12 (-110)
|U 231.5 (-105)
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|The Boston Celtics have fought hard, but it will likely come to an end in Brooklyn. The Nets’ offense is too fast-paced and too diverse for the shorthanded Celtics to handle.|
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|Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|Teams||Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets|
|Location||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, June 1st, 2021|
|How to Watch||TNT|
|Brooklyn Nets||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Steve Nash||Head Coach||Brad Stevens|
|48-24 (2nd in East)||Standing||36-36 (7th in East)|
|118.3 (1st of 30)||Off Rtg||114.0 (10th of 30)|
|113.8 (23rd of 30)||Def Rtg||112.5 (14th of 30)|
|99.5 (12th of 30)||Pace||98.3 (21st of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Durant, K. Irving (26.9)||PPG||J. Tatum (26.4)|
|J. Harden (8.5)||RPG||T. Thompson (8.1)|
|J. Harden (10.9)||APG||M. Smart (5.7)|
|K. Irving (1.4)||SPG||M. Smart (1.6)|
|N. Claxton, K. Durant (1.3)||BPG||R. Williams (1.8)|
|D. Jordan (.763)/K. Irving (10.2)||FG%/FGM||T. Fall (.724)/J. Tatum (9.5)|
|J. Harris (.475)/J. Harris (3.1)||3P%/3PM||E. Fournier (.463)/K. Walker (3.0)|
Boston are struggling to find contributors, on top of their mounting injury issues. With Kemba Walker’s status in the air, Boston need more than a couple players to step up and support Tatum.
The Celtics were powered by Jayson Tatum in their Game 4 performance, but not many showed up to back him up. Other than Tatum, the Celtics starting lineup combined to shoot 13 of 37 from the field.
Tatum doesn’t have his running mates Walker or Brown available, and it seems long past the time where we can expect the less than stellar Celtics supporting cast to make up the difference.
Light it up ??? pic.twitter.com/A6agRq1U3N
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 30, 2021
With their backs against the wall and without home court advantage, the Celtics are desperate. All eyes are on scoring phenom Jayson Tatum.
Tatum has the tools and skillset to compete with the best of them. In Game 4 he scored 40 points and collected seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal in 40 minutes of play.
Depleted and without much capable depth, the Celtics are relying on Tatum to carry them to the finish line. He might be able to do that for one game, so long as he’s not the only major contributor.
On top of having tremendous scoring trio, the Nets superstars are more than willing to pass the ball. Their unselfishness opens up opportunities for others and makes Brooklyn near unstoppable.
In Game 5 against the Boston Celtics the Nets made 48 of their 83 field goals, also going to the free throw line 30 times. On their 48 field goals, the Nets assisted on 29.
If Brooklyn maintains the fluidity to their offence, there’s nothing that Boston can do to stop them. When it gets clogged up and they shoot inefficiently, Brooklyn can be threatened.
Witnessing greatness every night.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 31, 2021
The Brooklyn Nets have been cautious with Kevin Durant all season and it seems to be paying off in the playoffs.
In Game 4 of the Nets’ first round series, Durant put up 42 points, five assists, four rebounds, two blocks, and converted on all three of his three-point field goals.
Durant has the opportunity to close out the Celtics in Game 5. If he’s as efficient on offence as he has been, the Nets will be breezing into the second round.
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