The Boston Celtics look to begin building a winning streak Friday, March 3 — following a close victory over the Cavaliers that followed a disheartening loss to the Knicks this week — when they host the Nets at the TD Garden in a battle the sportsbooks are favoring them heavily in.
Brooklyn has four straight since the All-Star break and has won just once since trading away Kevin Durant at the 2023 NBA trade deadline. The Nets face a real possibility of falling out of the postseason altogether without any stars on their roster and a glutton of wings with overlapping skillsets.
Boston could push them further down the standings with some home cooking ahead of a fourth and final matchup with the Knicks on Sunday. Will the Cs handle their business or be stunned by a scrappy Jacque Vaughn-coached squad?
Brooklyn Nets: 10th (ORtg), 20th (DRtg), 20th (Pace), 16th (NRtg)
Boston Celtics: 3rd (ORtg), 4th (DRtg), 18th (Pace), 1st (NRtg)
Boston Celtics Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Marcus Smart, SG – Jaylen Brown, SF – Jayson Tatum, PF – Al Horford, C – Robert Williams III
Brooklyn Nets Projected Starting Lineup
PG – Spencer Dinwiddie, SG – Mikal Bridges, SF – Cam Johnson, PF – Dorian Finney-Smith, C – Nic Claxton
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Injury Report
Nets PF Yuta Watanabe (back) – Out
Nets SG Edmond Sumner (personal)- Out
Nets PG Ben Simmons (back) – Out
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction
It’s very likely that many eyes in the Celtics organization are on Boston’s matchup with the Knicks on Sunday. A win for New York would clinch that series and make things interesting down the stretch of the season if the Knicks continue their hot streak following Josh Hart debut in orange and blue.
11 is plenty to lay for the Cs, but beating Brooklyn is all but a certainty on Friday due to the lack of cohesion from a mismatched Nets roster.
Celtics 131 Nets 122