Nets vs. Celtics NBA expert prediction and odds for Valentine's Day (Target Celtics with THIS bet)

Feb 13, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) looks to drive past
Feb 13, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) looks to drive past / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics made quick work of the Brooklyn Nets on the road Tuesday night, despite the game getting competitive at the end, behind a monster performance from Jayson Tatum.

Both teams travel to Boston to play again on Wednesday night, each teams last game before the All-Star Game. Kristaps Porzingis missed the first half of the back-to-back, but is expected to be on the floor for this one and that should help any fatigue for the Celtics after a dominant offensive performance.

Can Boston cover a big number? I'm pivoting to another way to count on the best team in the NBA, here's how I'm betting it:

Nets vs. Celtics Odds, Spread and Total

Celtics vs. Nets Betting Trends

  • Celtics are 24-27-3 against the spread (ATS) this season
  • The Nets have gone UNDER in 13 of 23 games this season
  • The Celtics are 25-3 straight up at home

Nets vs. Celtics How to Watch

  • Date: Wednesday, February 14
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM EST
  • Venue: TD Garden
  • How to Watch (TV): NBC-Sports Boston, YES Network
  • Nets Record: 21-32
  • Celtics Record: 42-12

Nets vs. Celtics Key Players to Watch


Dennis Schroder: The Nets trade deadline acquistion has been a positive boost to the rotation despite coming off the bench. After a double double against the Spurs, Schroder helped spark a comeback against the Celtics while scoring nine points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists.


Jayson Tatum: Tatum hung 31 points on the Nets in the first half on Tuesday, finishing with 41 in the matchup in a game that the result was never in doubt. Can Tatum cook once again heading into the All-Star game? The Nets won't have one of its more highly touted defenders in Ben Simmons availbale due to injury management.

Nets vs. Celtics Prediction and Pick

The Celtics butchered an easy cover by letting the Nets push the pace and get hot from the perimeter to push the closing spread of eight on Tuesday. With it being a back-to-back for both teams the rotations can get whacky relative to a typical game, so I'll target the Celtics team total instead.

Boston is second in offensive rating this season while the Nets check in 19th in defensive rating, according to The Nets defense isn't equipped to slow down a Boston offense that has long wings that can attack a teams undersized backcourt and struggles on the glass.

While the Nets need both Schroder and Cam Thomas to play to keep the teams offense afloat, each are too small to stay close to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Now, the two All-Star wings will have Porzingis likely back on the floor to help shoulder the load against a Nets team that is bottom 10 in rebound percentage.

I'll target the Celtics offense as my preferred bet in this matchup and for the team to get to the All-Star break on a high note.

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