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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 11/15/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (5 - 3) at BROOKLYN (4 - 2)
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Thursday, 11/15/2012 8:05 PM
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games5-3-0.82-54-397.444.546.8%
Road Games3-1+2.42-22-
Last 5 Games4-1+2.22-23-199.044.647.1%
Division Games0-1-2.20-11-0100.045.048.7%46.0106.057.048.8%48.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.444.536-7746.8%5-1434.8%20-2679.6%46625197134
vs opponents surrendering95.848.136-8144.3%6-1835.2%18-2375.7%511022198155
Team Stats (Road Games)98.250.037-7847.4%5-1633.8%19-2382.4%45624206114
Stats Against (All Games)98.147.937-8344.9%6-1737.4%17-2277.8%511023208145
vs opponents averaging95.448.136-8343.9%7-2034.2%16-2175.8%511123208156
Stats Against (Road Games)98.248.036-8045.8%5-1631.2%20-2676.4%50922187123

BROOKLYN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games4-2-0.33-33-396.554.545.2%
Home Games3-1-0.32-23-199.759.046.0%51.795.544.043.7%50.0
Last 5 Games3-2-1.32-32-394.453.445.2%50.890.642.044.8%47.8
Division Games1-0+11-01-0107.060.045.7%59.0100.052.045.1%46.0
BROOKLYN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.554.536-7945.2%7-2133.6%18-2570.6%521221176156
vs opponents surrendering97.249.537-8145.1%7-2035.6%17-2373.7%511121197156
Team Stats (Home Games)99.759.036-7846.0%8-2136.9%20-2873.9%521023196147
Stats Against (All Games)92.243.736-8144.9%5-1632.3%14-1876.9%471122237134
vs opponents averaging94.446.936-8244.0%7-1836.5%16-2273.8%511122217145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.544.037-8543.7%4-1628.1%16-2178.6%501323248124
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 96.9,  BROOKLYN 92.3
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2012@ MIAMI107-120L6.5L187.5O39-7552.0%431543-7954.4%408
11/3/2012@ WASHINGTON89-86W-5.5L191U36-8442.9%44934-7843.6%5715
11/10/2012@ MILWAUKEE96-92W-1W194U32-7244.4%551435-8839.8%5211
11/12/2012@ CHICAGO101-95W3W185O41-8150.6%37834-7445.9%5013
11/15/2012@ BROOKLYN              
11/18/2012@ DETROIT              
11/21/2012SAN ANTONIO              
11/23/2012OKLAHOMA CITY              
11/25/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/1/2012@ MILWAUKEE              

BROOKLYN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/7/2012@ MIAMI73-103L10.5L208U30-8037.5%511940-7751.9%4612
11/9/2012@ ORLANDO107-68W-2.5W195U41-8250.0%551130-7042.9%3918
11/18/2012@ SACRAMENTO              
11/20/2012@ LA LAKERS              
11/21/2012@ GOLDEN STATE              
11/23/2012LA CLIPPERS              
11/26/2012NEW YORK              
11/28/2012@ BOSTON              
11/30/2012@ ORLANDO              
12/1/2012@ MIAMI              
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
BROOKLYN: GUARDS: DERON WILLIAMS is healthy and got a much-improved supporting cast to work with. He could re-enter the NBA's best point guard discussion . . . JOE JOHNSON won't have the ballin his hands as much as he used to in Atlanta. It might give him a chance to concentrate on regaining his stroke as one of the NBA's best shooters . . . MARSHON BROOKS will look to settle in as a high-scoring sixth man. He'll be trade bait for most of the season . . . After a disastrous year in Chicago, C.J. WATSON will be asked to spell Williams for a few minutes a night . . . KEITH BOGANS is still kicking around as a second unit glue guy . . . TYSHAWN TAYLOR is an at-times out-of-control combo guard, but the rookie could threaten Watson's role at some point. FORWARDS: KRIS HUMPHRIES' contract was structured to make him easier to trade. He'll rebound and get his put-backs, and the Nets will likely showcase him a bit . . . GERALD WALLACE is slowing down, and now that he's signed his last big NBA contract he might not have much incentive to live up to his 'Crash' nickname. Brooklyn has no choice but to give him heavy minutes considering their investment . . . MIRZA TELETOVIC is a veteran stretch four. Consider him a penniless man's Channing Frye . . . TORNIKE SHENGELIA played himself into a roster spot this summer. He's a mediocre athlete, but a cagey scorer with a high basketball IQ . . . JOSH CHILDRESS and JERRY STACKHOUSE were added in September for depth . . . REGGIE EVANS will flop unconvincingly, punch opponents in the jewels and bring other 'tough guy' intangibles. CENTERS: BROOK LOPEZ had been remarkably durable before last year's foot injury, and he should be fully healed by the start of training camp. He's gifted offensively, but will continue to grab relatively few rebounds and generally get fried defensively. He's also a candidate to be traded midseason if another franchise can stomach his max contract . . . As insurance, former Wizards big man ANDRAY BLATCHE was brought in. He could be the team's best interior defender, able to play either the four or five spot.
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*Celtics-Nets Preview* ======================


Boston (4-3) at Brooklyn (4-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Point guard Rajon Rondo might not be ready to go for the Boston Celtics, but the Brooklyn Nets still want to see how they fare against the five-time defending Atlantic Division champs.

They didn't match up well in Boston's first visit to Barclays Center.

The Celtics and Nets each go for a fourth consecutive victory on Thursday night in their first regular-season meeting in Brooklyn.

The NBA leader with 12.5 assists per game, Rondo is day-to-day after leaving in the third quarter of Wednesday's 98-93 victory over Utah with a right ankle injury.

Newcomer Leandro Barbosa stepped in for the three-time All-Star and scored 16 of Boston's 47 bench points.

"Barbosa was terrific," coach Doc Rivers said. "I mean, he bailed us out."

The Celtics (5-3) were in no danger of losing in their first trip to Brooklyn, a 115-85 preseason victory on Oct. 18 that marked the Nets' first national television appearance since March 30, 2011.

Kevin Garnett said after that game that Boston was just "all business" and that its intensity had "nothing to do with Brooklyn" and trying to quiet all the hype the franchise has received by relocating from New Jersey. Nets coach Avery Johnson saw it differently.

"They came in with a different agenda in our preseason game. I think we'll have a little bit of a different agenda tomorrow," Johnson said after Wednesday's practice. "We're a better team (then we were then) and hopefully it will show on the floor."

The Nets (4-2) are still very much a work in progress as newcomer Joe Johnson has slowly worked his way into the offense, but Tuesday's 114-101 victory over Cleveland was a positive sign for "Brooklyn's Backcourt." Johnson and point guard Deron Williams scored season highs of 25 and 26, respectively, after neither had reached 20 all season.

"It's probably the best game that we've had together," said Johnson, who's averaging 15.5 points on 40 percent shooting. "It's still early in the season, but yeah, I'm sure that's the vision everybody had, that's the vision I had and I'm sure this won't be the last (big) game. Like I say man, we're just figuring things out."

The Nets haven't been able to figure out the Celtics, losing all three matchups in 2011-12 by an average of 14.7 points and winning just twice in the last 20 meetings.

Brooklyn center Brook Lopez is off to a quick start with 17.5 points per game, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, but it appears that forward Gerald Wallace (sprained left ankle) will miss a sixth consecutive game.

Keith Bogans, a 6-5 guard, has started for Wallace in four of the last five contests.

Nets second-year guard MarShon Brooks could also see action after being sidelined three games with a left ankle sprain. Brooks averaged 13.7 points last season against Boston - the most by a Net who played in all three games.

Paul Pierce led Boston in those matchups with 22.7 points, while Garnett averaged 18.3 and 11.3 boards.

The Celtics have won 10 of 11 on the road in this series.

"It probably is a game they have circled, so we have to be ready to play," Williams said. "... If we want to take a step in that direction, this is a big game for us."

Brooklyn has held a 20-point lead in each of its last three home games.

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