Last Updated on December 25, 2020
- The Brooklyn Nets are -2 against the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day. There is no over/under set for this game yet.
- Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combined for 60 points in three quarters on Tuesday.
- All-Star Kemba Walker will be out until at least January as he recovers from a knee procedure.
- The Celtics were 51-34-4 against the spread last season.
The Brooklyn Nets are a fully-loaded squad now that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are finally on the court together. The Nets made a statement on NBA’s opening night in a blowout win over the Golden State Warriors, but they will have a much tougher task on Christmas Day against the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics are dealing with injury issues to their point guard, Kemba Walker, but they are still one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Although there won’t be fans in the building, this will be Irving’s first regular-season game in Boston since he spurned the Celtics for the Nets in 2019 free agency.
Both the Nets and Celtics have visions of an NBA Finals in their future. The Action Rush Christmas Day NBA betting guide has the best odds, interesting props, analysis, and everything else you need to know for Celtics vs. Nets.
Celtics – Nets Christmas Day Odds
The Nets are -2 against the Celtics on Christmas Day. Brooklyn is also the slight favorite on the moneyline at -115 compared to Boston’s moneyline odds, which are set to +110. There is no total set for this game as of Wednesday.
We can throw out any betting trends from last season when it comes to the Nets. They are so drastically different with Durant and Irving in the lineup that it doesn’t make sense to rely on old numbers. As for the Celtics, they were among the most profitable teams in the NBA last season. They finished the year at 51-34-4 against the spread according to DraftKings Sportsbook.
Celtics vs. Nets Player Props
|Player||Points||Rebounds||Assists||Three Pointers Made|
|Kyrie Irving (BKN)||25.5 (O -118 | U -104)||4.5 (O -142 | U +116)||5.5 (O -150 | U +122)||2.5 (O -140 | U +110)|
|Kevin Durant (BKN)||25.5 (O -111 | U -108)||5.5 (O -138 | U +112)||4.5 (O -124 | U +102)||2.5 (O +134 | U -172)|
|Caris LeVert (BKN)||15.5 (O -120 | U -102)||3.5 (O -142 | U +116)||3.5 (O -154 | U +126)||1.5 (O -104 | U -122)|
|Jayson Tatum (BOS)||26.5 (O -106 | U -116)||7.5 (O -115 | U -105)||3.5 (O -144 | U +118)||3.5 (O +102 | U -130)|
|Jaylen Brown (BOS)||22.5 (O -118 | U -104)||6.5 (O +112 | U -138)||N/A||2.5 (O -130 | U +102)|
|Marcus Smart (BOS)||12.5 (O -112 | U -110)||3.5 (O -128 | U +104)||5.5 (O +106 | U -130)||1.5 (O -200 | U -154)|
Who is the public betting on?
|NBA Christmas Splits|
|Friday, December 25, 2020|
|Teams||Point Spread||% Handle||% Bets||Total Points||% Handle||% Bets||Moneyline||% Handle||% Bets|
|NO Pelicans||+3.5||49%||36%||Over 223.5||32%||36%||+135||52%||39%|
|MIA Heat||-3.5||51%||64%||Under 223.5||68%||64%||-162||48%||61%|
|GS Warriors||+10||2%||6%||Over 231.5||25%||33%||+410||13%||11%|
|MIL Bucks||-10||98%||94%||Under 231.5||75%||67%||-560||87%||89%|
|BKN Nets||-3||90%||87%||Over 226.5||58%||80%||-143||89%||76%|
|BOS Celtics||+3||10%||13%||Under 226.5||42%||20%||+123||11%||24%|
|DAL Mavericks||+7||41%||29%||Over 227.5||48%||52%||+225||7%||13%|
|LA Lakers||-7||59%||71%||Under 227.5||52%||48%||-278||93%||87%|
|LA Clippers||-2.5||71%||75%||Over 224.5||82%||80%||-139||81%||68%|
|DEN Nuggets||+2.5||29%||25%||Under 224.5||18%||20%||+117||19%||32%|
Betting Preview and Game Angle
Over seven years after the infamous Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce-Jason Terry trade between the Celtics and Nets, neither franchise has a championship to show for it. Brooklyn was forced to rebuild without draft picks following that disastrous trade to Boston, but shrewd offseason moves and top-notch player development opened the door to sign Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in 2019.
Now, let’s be real, the Celtics are still in a great spot too. Jayson Tatum is turning into a superstar faster than anyone expected and he’s flanked by studs like Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. This should be one of the best Eastern Conference rivalries for years to come.
Let’s start by talking about Tatum. He made the leap from promising young player to a bonafide star last season and he might be due for another jump this year. He was named to Third-Team All-NBA at the tender age of 22 and he’s already one of the most gifted scorers in the league.
The offense will run through him for the foreseeable future in Boston, but he has capable help around him. Jaylen Brown is a 20+ points per game scorer who might not have the full arsenal of shots that Tatum does, but he’s a great second option to have. Marcus Smart might be the best point-of-attack defender in the NBA, and the Celtics are going to need that lockdown defense to slow down this potent Nets offense.
On the inside, Boston has a very capable center tandem in Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson. Neither player is a star, but they can both provide enough muscle upfront. Thompson is day-to-day with a hamstring issue, but he’s not Boston’s biggest injury concern.
The Celtics still don’t have much clarity when it comes to point guard Kemba Walker. The four-time All-Star is out until at least January after undergoing a knee procedure prior to the season. Boston will miss his scoring prowess as they try to keep up with Brooklyn’s potent offense.
It’s always a bad idea to overreact to the first game of the season, but boy do the Brooklyn Nets look good. Kevin Durant came out firing in his first game since June of 2019. He scored 10 points before the first TV timeout of the NBA season. It looked like he was gearing up to go off for 40 or more on his old team, but the Nets opened up a massive lead early and cruised to a blowout win. He finished with 22 points on 16 shots.
Kevin Durant’s first bucket with the Brooklyn Nets. Pull up 3. Beautiful pic.twitter.com/tRN1UJDw9X
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) December 23, 2020
Much like Durant, Kyrie Irving was dominant early, knocking down threes and scoring acrobatic finishes at the rim. There are few one-on-one scorers in the NBA who can rival Durant and Irving. The enigmatic point guard finished with 28 points on 16 shots to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Neither Durant nor Irving played in the fourth quarter.
Although most of the focus on this Brooklyn squad will be squarely on the Durant-Irving pairing, they might have the best second unit in the NBA right now. Caris LeVert would start on almost every team in the NBA, but he’s serving as Brooklyn’s sixth man right now. He and backup center Jarrett Allen make for one of the best second-unit pairings in the NBA and they are running with knockdown shooters like Landry Shamet and Taurean Prince.
This Nets team has as much offensive firepower as any team in the NBA, but they are bound to have off nights from time to time. Can they defend well enough to win games on nights where they don’t have it on offense? Boston will be a good early test for Brooklyn.
How To Watch Celtics – Nets
- Date: Christmas Day
- Time: 5:10 p.m. ET
- Location: TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)
- TV: ABC
Prediction: Nets Win Big
Without Kemba Walker, the Boston Celtics are not the best version of themselves. Sure, Tatum and Brown make for a strong duo, but they are going to have their hands full trying to slow down Durant and Irving.
The Nets hit the ground running in their season opener against the Warriors on Tuesday. The Celtics are better than Golden State, but we expect to see Brooklyn carry that momentum into Christmas. Take the Nets laying the points.