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The Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics continue their fierce Eastern Conference rivalry when they face off on Wednesday night! The Nets are currently fourth in the East with a 31-19 overall record and a 16-11 road record. the Boston Celtics are first in the East with a 36-15 overall record and a 19-6 home record.
The last time these two teams met the Celtics came out the winniner of a 109-98 affair. Both of their last two meetings have been on the Brooklyn Nets' home court. The Boston Celtics will have home court advantage in this matchup.
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|Brooklyn Nets||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Jacque Vaughn||Head Coach||Joe Mazzulla|
|31-19 (4th in East)||Standing||36-15 (1st in East)|
|116.0 (7th of 30)||Off Rtg||117.5 (3rd of 30)|
|113.0 (9th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.0 (5th of 30)|
|98.5 (20th of 30)||Pace||98.8 (19th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Durant (29.7)||PPG||J. Tatum (31.1)|
|N. Claxton (8.9)||RPG||J. Tatum (8.7)|
|B. Simmons (6.4)||APG||M. Smart (7.2)|
|B. Simmons (1.4)||SPG||M. Smart (1.3)|
|N. Claxton (2.7)||BPG||R. Williams (1.2)|
|N. Claxton (.741)/K. Durant (10.5)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.763)/J. Brown, J. Tatum (10.1)|
|Y. Watanabe (.490)/K. Irving (3.3)||3P%/3PM||M. Brogdon (.447)/J. Tatum (3.3)|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets||24 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Durant will be re-assessed in two weeks.|
|Ben Simmons||Brooklyn Nets||30 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Simmons was OUT for Simmons' Monday (Jan. 30) game.|
|TJ Warren||Brooklyn Nets||30 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Shin)||Warren was OUT for Simmons' Monday (Jan. 30) game.|
|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||24 Jan 2023||Out (Ankle)||Smart announced that he hopes to return to the lineup in a week or two.|
|Robert Williams||Boston Celtics||29 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Ankle)||Williams was OUT for Boston's Saturday (Jan. 28) game.|
The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets are both missing some key players for this matchup, but that doesn't change their desire to secure their position at the top of the East. The Celtics won their last game, but they are also on an impressive 7-3 run over their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets have struggled since losing Durant to injury, having lost six of their last 10 games.
The Nets generally find success when their defence is engaged, as they allow just 111.5 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field and 50.2% from two-point range. Unfortunately, they've fallen off over the course of their last 10 games, allowing 115.2 points per game on 49.8% from the field and 40.4% from three-point range. The Celtics' biggest threat is their scoring prowess, averaging 117.8 points per game (3rd in the NBA) on 47.2% from the field (16th in the NBA) and 37.0% from three-point range (8th in the NBA). Despite the injury, they've maintained their stellar offence, averaging 114.8 points on 45.0% from the field and 36.5% from the three-point range.
We're taking the Boston Celtics in this matchup, despite their injuries. They've controlled the Nets in their last two meetings, suggesting a positive outcome for them. Brooklyn's offence simply doesn't look diverse enough to keep up with the Celtics when they can't field a healthy roster.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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