Game 2: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets prediction, odds, TV channel

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Can you ask for anything better than Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets this past Sunday night?

Don’t answer that. It’s a rhetorical question. The answer, of course, is the most resounding of yeses that one can receive.

Jayson Tatum’s last-second buzzer-beater put the Cs up by one in a crucial opening game that saw Kyrie Irving drop 39 points and drop a double-bird to the Boston crowd. And not the far more preferable Larry type. Oh, and not for nothing, Tatum spun around Irving himself, metaphorically and literally moving past him and closer to the goal.

He got that goal Sunday (a win) but now has to keep that going after a 31-point performance in the Game 1 triumph. Playoff basketball is defined by the team’s best players, and for the Boston Celtics, that includes Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford.

Do the Cs have a 2-0 lead in them? Or will Irving and Kevin Durant help even things out at the T.D. Garden on Wednesday night?

Hardwood Houdini has your odds, lays a prediction for the TNT-televised Eastern Conference tilt:

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets odds, spread, over/under

According to WynnBet, the Celtics are a 3.5-point favorite against the Nets at home. Brooklyn is an underdog on the road at +135, with the Cs moneyline set at -165. The over/under for the game has been placed at 226 points.

Celtics vs. Nets prediction

Game 1 hit the over, and saw the Nets cover the spread. Game 2 figures to have a far different tone to it. Either we get a definitive Cs blowout win that takes command of the series or we get a defiant redemption song from the Nets in an effort to keep this series close.

Brooklyn has had behind-closed-doors stumbling blocks all season, and the Cs have momentum. Give the Houdini the Celtics with the four points and a 2-0 series lead.

Pick: Celtics -3.5 (-108)