2021 NBA Playoffs: Nets vs. Celtics odds, line, picks, Game 3 predictions from model on 99-66 roll

The Brooklyn Nets visit the Boston Celtics in a first-round Eastern Conference clash on Friday evening. Brooklyn holds a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after a 130-108 win in Game 2. The Nets finished the regular season at 48-24 with Boston sneaking into the 2021 NBA Playoffs at 36-36. However, the Celtics are 21-15 at home, with the Nets just 20-16 on the road this season.

Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET in Boston. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Brooklyn as an eight-point road favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 227 in the latest Nets vs. Celtics odds. Before locking in any Celtics vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned over $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up almost $800 on its top-rated picks this season and entered the first full week of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on a stunning 99-66 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen massive returns.  

Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Celtics in the NBA Playoffs 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Celtics vs. Nets:

  • Nets vs. Celtics spread: Nets -8
  • Nets vs. Celtics over-under: 227 points
  • Nets vs. Celtics money line: Nets -350, Celtics +290
  • BKN: The Nets are 7-0 against the spread in the last seven games
  • BOS: The Celtics are 4-6 against the spread in the last 10 games

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Why the Nets can cover

Brooklyn is arguably the most talented team in the NBA, with three legitimate superstar offensive forces. Kevin Durant leads the way, averaging 29 points and 10 rebounds per game in the series after putting up 26.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game during the regular season. James Harden and Kyrie Irving both averaged at least 24 points per game during the regular season, and the trio leads Brooklyn to the NBA’s most explosive offense. 

The Nets throttled the Celtics in the first two games, posting the NBA’s best playoff net rating at +17.5 points per 100 possessions. In addition to unbelievable shot creation, the Nets are grabbing 34.0 percent of their own misses on the offensive glass during the series, and they are proficient at both creating and converting free throw attempts. Defensively, Brooklyn is also enjoying success against Boston, posting the NBA’s third-best defensive rating through two playoff games.

Why the Celtics can cover

Boston is capable of much more than what it has shown in the first two games. Jayson Tatum, who is expected to play despite being poked in the eye in Game 2, averaged 26.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in the regular season, with Kemba Walker (questionable, knee) adding 19.3 points and 4.3 assists. The Celtics posted a top-10 offensive rating (113.1 points per 100 possessions) in the league during the regular season, with the No. 3 mark in offensive rebound rate (28.9 percent). In addition, Marcus Smart’s game molds well to the postseason, and he is averaging 18.0 points and 5.5 assists per contest in the series. 

Defensively, the Celtics have a tall order against the Nets, but they yielded only 111.8 points per 100 possessions in the regular season. That mark was accrued by holding opponents to just 52.4 percent shooting inside the arc, and the Celtics were No. 6 in the NBA in blocked shots, rejecting 5.3 attempts per game from the opposition.

How to make Celtics vs. Nets picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 230 total points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.

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