Brooklyn Nets closer to top spot

Brooklyn Nets closer to top spot

The Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics meet in a match where their place in the Eastern Conference is a stake. The Nets are coming into this game with a win against the Heat before this match. This is a narrow win for the Nets, but a win is still a win for the Nets, and a win in this game would give them the top spot of the Eastern Conference. As for the Celtics, they play in this game for the second straight time. They edged out against the Pelicans during their last match, having a 125-114 win. They have been doing well in the Eastern Conference right now, a not so surprising result. Nets and the Celtics meet on January 13, 2023, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), with Nets as hosts.

These two teams are currently the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, with the Celtics for the top spot, and the Nets as the second. The hosts have won 27 of their 40 matches, and are hoping to get additional wins in order to inch closer to the top spot, stealing it from their opponent. At home, they won 13 of their 18 home games, which means that they really know to take advantage at home. As for the visitors, they are currently at the top of the Eastern Conference, winning 30 games of their 42. They come into this game with hopes of winning this game, so they could retain their spot. They are doing well in their away games, winning 13 of their 20.

Brooklyn Nets

NBA: Brooklyn Nets
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The Nets are hoping to stay hot when they go against the top team in their conference standings. This is not impossible though as they won 18 of their last 20 matches, continuing their resurgence. During their match against the Heat, the Nets were able to lead as much as eight points. However, the Heat managed to keep up to them, only losing by one point. In fact, in that match, the Nets was even down by nine points in the fourth quarter. They are lucky to pick up a win after their inconsistency. It was Royce O’Neale who brings victory for the Nets, after his winning shot. Luckily, they are doing well in defense, they key to their recent successes. They are the 14th in offense with 114.6 points per game, and 6th in defense, giving up 110.6 points per game.

It was Kevin Durant who is leading the Nets with 29.7 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds. However, it is unfortunate that he suffers an MCL sprain, and is expected to miss their games for a month.

Boston Celtics

NBA: Boston Celtics
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

This will be the second game of their back-to-back games, winning against the Pelicans on their last match. From the previous four nights, this will be their third game, so they are really in form coming into this game. They are actually impressive over their past few games, but they are really battling with inconsistency recently. Their win over the Pelicans was lead by no other than Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, which is no longer surprising. Tatum is beyond ecstatic that they won against the Pelicans as they are a very talented team. May it be in offense or in defense, this team is actually doing well. They are at the second in offense with 118.5 points per game, and 13th in defense, giving up 112.6 points per game.

It was Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who leads the Celtics with 30.8 and 26.8 points per game. Danilo Gallinari remains to be out for the Celtics due to his ACL injury. Smart, and Williams III on the other hand are questionable here, following their knee issues.

Prediction:

Brooklyn Nets
Total Under: 112.5
Odds: 0.86

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