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It's a game with massive Eastern Conference implications when the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets take eachother on. The Celtics are currently first in the Eastern Conference with a 30-12 overall record and a 13-7 road record. The Brooklyn Nets are right behind them, with a 27-13 record and a 13-5 home record.
The Boston Celtics are entering this game on the second leg of a back-to-back, after winning their last match against the Pelicans. The Brooklyn Nets will try to maintain their winning form after losing Kevin Durant to injury. This is just the second of four matches between the Nets and Celtics this season.
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|Boston Celtics||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|Joe Mazzulla||Head Coach||Jacque Vaughn|
|30-12 (1st in East)||Standing||27-13 (2nd in East)|
|117.9 (1st of 30)||Off Rtg||116.0 (5th of 30)|
|112.1 (9th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.0 (8th of 30)|
|99.5 (16th of 30)||Pace||98.5 (21st of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Tatum (30.8)||PPG||K. Durant (29.7)|
|J. Tatum (8.1)||RPG||N. Claxton (8.3)|
|M. Smart (7.2)||APG||B. Simmons (6.0)|
|M. Smart (1.3)||SPG||B. Simmons (1.4)|
|R. Williams (1.4)||BPG||N. Claxton (2.6)|
|R. Williams (.829)/J. Brown, J. Tatum (10.1)||FG%/FGM||N. Claxton (.738)/K. Durant (10.5)|
|M. Brogdon (.440)/J. Tatum (3.2)||3P%/3PM||Y. Watanabe (.527)/K. Irving (3.1)|
|Danilo Gallinari||Boston Celtics||02 Sep 2022||Out (Knee)||Gallinari tore his ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Marcus Smart||Boston Celtics||10 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Smart was QUESTIONABLE for Boston's Wednesday (Jan 11) game.|
|Robert Williams||Boston Celtics||10 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Williams was QUESTIONABLE for Boston's Wednesday (Jan 11) game.|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets||09 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Durant has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.|
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It'll be a tense affair at the top of the Eastern Conference when the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets face off! The Celtics may be on the second leg of a back-to-back, but they're on a four-game win streak and have won eight of their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets have won two in a row, despite losing Kevin Durant to injury and winning nine of their last 10 games.
Both the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics are known for their offence. The Celtics score 118.5 points per game (2nd in the NBA) on 37.1% from three-point range (8th in the NBA), while also dishing out 26.7 assists per game (6th in the NBA). The Nets will counter with their super-efficiency, shooting 51.2% from the field (1st in the NBA) and 39.2% from three (2nd in the NBA) while also limiting teams to just 45.2% efficiency (4th in the NBA) and 110.6 points per game (5th in the NBA).
While the Boston Celtics are surely fatigued due to their schedule, the Brooklyn Nets were dealt a huge blow with Kevin Durant's injury. It's not as if the Nets haven't played without Durant, but against the Celtics it'll be difficult to keep up on offence. The Celtics should come away with the win.
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The Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics are two of the better two-way teams in the NBA. However, with key scorer Kevin Durant out it'll be interesting to see how the Nets adapt. Already one of the league's most potent offensive teams, the Boston Celtics project to have a strong showing.
The Boston Celtics average a combined points total of 231.2 with a plus-6.0 points differential. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging a combined points total of 225.2 points with a plus-4.0 points differential. The last time these two teams played, these two teams combined for just 195 points combined, as defence was the calling card.
We're expecting a similar defensive battle in this matchup, with possibly a slight uptick in scoring. We still don't expect either to clear 227.5 points for the game, as both teams have shown the capacity to slow the other down.
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