Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets 1/28/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

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Two division rivals will square off in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division tonight as the Boston Celtics (30-19) host the Brooklyn Nets (27-23).

Boston lost their last game and are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but sit pretty comfortably at fifth in the East. Right below the Celtics, about 3.5 games back in sixth place are the Nets, who have been on quite a run lately, winning their last six and eight of their last 10.

This is the third game of the regular season series between the Celtics and Nets. They have split the first two games. In their last game on January 14, D’Angelo Russell led the Nets with 34 points and seven assists in a 109-102 win. Jayson Tatum had 34 for Boston.

In the first meeting, also this month at TD Garden, the Celtics blew out the Nets 116-95. Kyrie Irving had 17 points and the Nets’ leading scorer was Rodions Kurucs with 24 points.

TV Schedule

Date: 01/28/19
Time: 7:30pm ET
Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Channel: YES, NBCSB

Boston Celtics Starting Lineup

PGKyrie Irving
SGMarcus Smart
SFJayson Tatum
PFMarcus Morris
CAl Horford

Celtics Analysis

Boston CelticsBoston had won five straight games before running into the league’s hottest, and likely, most talented team in the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Boston challenged Golden State though and were close to pulling off the upset in the 111-115 loss.

This team is starting to look like a far cry from the team Kyrie Irving talked about. Maybe his public quotes fell on the right ears, but the Celtics seem to be running like a well-oiled machine now enough so that many AM sports talk shows are saying the Celtics now have the best shot at stopping the Warriors from winning their third consecutive championship.

Considering the Celtics were playing against a Warriors team with five current or former All-Stars, there’s not much more you could ask for. Irving stood out with 32 points and 10 assists, but several of Boston’s players performed well, and with Aron Baynes finally back, we’ll start to get a look at what this time could look like come playoff time.

Celtics Quick Links: Celtics Starting Lineup, Celtics Roster, Celtics Depth Chart, Celtics Injuries, Celtics News, Celtics Schedule

Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup

PGD’Angelo Russell
SGJoe Harris
SFTreveon Graham
PFRodions Kurucs
CJarrett Allen

Nets Analysis

Brooklyn NetsThe Nets have been opening some eyes lately with their six-game win streak. That streak included wins over teams like the Celtics and Rockets and starting point guard D’Angelo Russell is looking like a legitimate All-Star. He seems to be a lock to make it among the reserves and has averaged 19.2 points, 6.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.

His performance recently has brought about questions on whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers gave up on him too quickly after he videotaped a teammate in a personal conversation, especially given said teammate is no longer with the Lakers.

Russell seems to be happy in Brooklyn though and vice versa. On Friday, the Nets didn’t need him to play big minutes or put up a ton of points as six players scored in double figures, four of which came off the bench.

That should fare well for the Nets in a tough matchup tonight as they look to take the lead in the regular season series.

Nets Quick Links: Nets Starting Lineup, Nets Roster, Nets Depth Chart, Nets Injuries, Nets News, Nets Schedule

Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds

The Celtics are heavy -10.5 favorites tonight at home. The over/under is 223 points. There has been some movement on the moneyline, where the Celtics are -670 after opening at -600.

Boston is 19-6 at home and 27-14 as the favorite. The Nets are 12-12 on the road and 13-22 as the underdog.

Odds & Line Movement Links: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets, Vegas Odds (All NBA Games Today)

DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

Kyrie Irving ($10.5k) and D’Angelo Russell ($8.5k) are fantasy standouts tonight. Irving is projected for 45.44 fantasy points tonight, while FanDuel projects Russel for 37.31 points.

Look to Jayson Tatum ($6,5k) and Jarrett Allen ($6.5k) to provide some value that won’t break the bank if you’re looking for multi-category players. Tatum is expected to build off a solid performance against the Warriors with 31.53 points. Allen, who regularly provides double-digit points and solid rebound and block numbers, is slated for a 30.13 fantasy point night.

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