Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics: Predictions, Starting Lineups (2/14/24)

The Brooklyn Nets (21-32) once again face the Boston Celtics (42-12) this Wednesday (2/14/24). Get Nets vs. Celtics moneyline and spread odds, as well as predictions, starting lineups, injuries, and key matchups below.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Prediction

The best bet is a same game parlay (+156 FD) containing Jrue Holiday over 1.5 3PM & Mikal Bridges 20+ points & Mikal Bridges 2+ 3PM.

Brooklyn’s defense allows the ninth most open plus wide open three-point attempts, as well as the sixth most above the break three-point attempts. 74% of Holiday’s deep attempts come from above the break, and he owns a quality 37.8 3PT% in this area. Across three matchups against Brooklyn this season, Holiday produced the following from three:

  • 4/9
  • 1/5
  • 2/4

Meanwhile, Boston gives up the third most open plus wide open three-point attempts. That bodes well for Bridges, who takes nearly seven shots per game from behind the arc. As Brooklyn’s top option, he is essentially guaranteed to see 15 shots at a minimum, and it’s more like 20 against porous three-point defenses. It’s highly unlikely that Bridges reaches 20 points without making two threes, so it’s worth adding this final leg to get the odds bumped from +134 to +156.

Based on the odds, this same game parlay needs to hit at least 39 percent of the time for the bet to have a positive expected value. In other words, we can be wrong 6/10 times here and still barely make a profit in the long run.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: SGP (+156 FD) – Jrue Holiday over 1.5 3PM & Mikal Bridges 20+ Points & Mikal Bridges 2+ 3PM

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Best Odds

The dominant Celtics are massive 13 point favorites; they own a 14-14 record against the spread as home favorites this season. Brooklyn is 8-9 against the spread as away underdogs.

For the Nets’ +625 moneyline to be profitable in the long run, they need to win here at least 14 percent of the time.

Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup

PG: Cam Thomas
SG: Mikal Bridges
SF: Cameron Johnson
PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Nic Claxton

Boston Celtics Starting Lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Injuries

Ben Simmons and Dariq Whitehead are both sidelined for Brooklyn, while Al Horford, Xavier Tillman, and Jaden Springer hold the same status for Boston. Additionally, Jaylen Brown is questionable.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics Key Matchups

Blowout Potential

This game could get out of hand, which the books expect to happen based on the 13-point spread. If that occurs, then Mikal Bridges and Jrue Holiday will see their minutes take a hit compared to their volume in a relatively close game. If the Nets can keep this within striking distance until at least the late 3rd quarter, then the same game parlay has a far better chance of hitting.

Braxton has been covering the NBA for Lineups since the 2022 season. He's worked with multiple collegiate coaching staffs regarding analytics and scouting, which has allowed him to understand the game on a deeper level. Braxton is also a contributor at Thunderous Intentions.

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