- There are rumors about Ben Simmons debuting against the Boston Celtics.
- The Boston Celtics have -115 odds to cover a 7.5-point spread against the Brooklyn Nets.
- The Celtics have -350 odds on the moneyline.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – NBA action is back tonight following the All-Star break and the prime time matchup will be between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. The main rumor that is going around ahead of this matchup is that Ben Simmons could possibly make his Nets debut tonight. Also, Kevin Durant could make his return from injury as well.
Nash says “no clarity” on when Durant or Simmons will play. Nash said Durant is getting closer.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 23, 2022
While Steve Nash did say there was no clarity on if either of them will play tonight, it is certainly worth keeping an eye on as online sportsbooks are offering a nice profit on the Nets' odds going into the game.
Boston Celtics Vs. Brooklyn Nets
- Moneyline: Celtics (-350) vs. Nets (+275)
- Spread: Celtics -7.5 (-115)
- Total: 215.5 Points
It is clear as to why the Celtics are such heavy favorites going into this one. First off, being that they are playing in Brooklyn, it already rules Kyrie Irving out of the game due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. Also, a decision on Simmons and Durant likely won’t come until closer to game time.
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The Nets have struggled immensely in their last 14 games having won just 2 of their last 14. The Celtics, on the other hand, have been hot having won nine of their last ten games.
Scares Against The Spread
When looking at the NBA odds on the spread, it makes even more sense why books are leaning on Boston. The Celtics have a 29-29-2 record against the spread this season. While that may not sound impressive, they have done a solid job in their recent games having covered in four of their last six. They are also averaging a 2.2-point cover margin ATS this season.
As for the Nets, they have the worst record against the spread in the league at 22-36-1 and are failing to cover by a 2.6-point margin. While they have shown signs of life in their last four games going 3-1 ATS, those three games are the only three they have covered in their last ten games.
Also, as a road team favorite this season, Boston has gone an impressive 10-4 with a winning margin of 14.3 points and a cover margin of 9.1 points. These two teams last met earlier in February where the Celtics had no problems covering their 10-point favored spread as they won 126-91.
The public is also heavily leaning on the C’s to cover tonight with 85% of the total bets being placed on them.
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