This was supposed to be another Kyrie Irving vs. Boston game that would have produced a raucous crowd and possibly gotten to him a little bit. But with him now being out for the rest of the year, he’ll have missed every scheduled game to be played against them.
Nevertheless, many chants about him will still likely come as that crowd just doesn’t miss on opportunities to be creative with booing their opponent. Brooklyn will make the postseason, and this is a potential first-round matchup.
Boston is playing its best ball of the season right now, and it has actually been with Kemba out. Jayson Tatum has emerged as the best player on a team filled with elite role players. Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward have both been great, but Tatum has been better than that.
Daniel Theis may have become the most underrated big man in the league, serving as the main reason they opted not to make any deadline moves. This could be a night where we finally get some Enes Kanter minutes, too.
Boston is a 7.5-point favorite on its home floor tonight. Their moneyline is set at -340. It’s +270 for Brooklyn.
Nets looking for some road success
This team will look back on the season next year and have a lot of thoughts. One can say they underachieved, but also considering that Kyrie was in and out, hardly playing, while KD sat out, a playoff appearance could still have made it worthwhile.
Caris LeVert has slowly but surely gotten back to being a star coming off an early-season injury, and Spencer Dinwiddie is proving himself capable of being a starting guard on a team that competes each and every night. DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen each seem to alternate getting more mins than the other and being the one with the big performance.
They will have their hands full with the wings of Boston, as that is quite clearly where this one is going to be decided. As soon as you lock in on Tatum, both Jaylen and Hayward step up and beat you.
Boston looking to regroup
After a wild primetime loss to Houston on Saturday in which they tied the game with a three at the horn but lost in OT, Boston looks to get it going again. This game preview cannot be written without wishing a happy birthday to Jayson Tatum.
The 22-year-old is playing out of his mind, and clearly, like the star that he is. He is an All-NBA candidate and is the reason this team selected him a few years ago. A team full of veterans and other solid young guys is at 41-17 with large thanks to the birthday boy.
This is a good test for Daniel Theis as he goes from playing against small guys on Houston to having to deal with two 7-footers. Let’s see if he’s up for it.
Boston wins a close one at home
Make sure to bet on Boston as they get it done on the home floor. Bet the moneyline though, and not the spread.
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