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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 8/5/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




BROOKLYN (32 - 35) vs. BOSTON (44 - 23)
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Wednesday, 8/5/2020 9:00 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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BROOKLYN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-35-5.233-3233-32111.156.344.4%58.1111.755.044.4%55.2
Road Games14-21-3.516-1718-16111.054.743.1%57.7113.755.144.9%57.5
Last 5 Games4-1+6.53-23-2113.860.044.3%54.4112.659.446.8%53.0
Division Games6-9-2.55-97-8106.655.042.2%58.4109.252.544.6%56.3
BROOKLYN Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.156.340-9044.4%13-3834.0%18-2474.6%581124216155
vs opponents surrendering111.35641-8846.1%12-3435.7%18-2377.0%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.054.740-9243.1%13-4032.5%18-2476.7%581124216135
Stats Against (All Games)111.755.041-9344.4%12-3534.9%17-2276.4%551123218125
vs opponents averaging110.955.741-8945.9%12-3435.7%18-2376.9%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)113.755.142-9444.9%12-3535.5%17-2375.2%581123217126

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games44-23+4.537-2634-32113.154.845.9%54.1107.352.744.3%52.9
Road Games21-14+320-1118-17110.953.445.3%54.2107.352.844.0%53.6
Last 5 Games2-3-3.40-24-1112.859.644.5%53.8114.255.447.0%50.4
Division Games7-6-3.66-78-5109.753.943.5%52.4107.652.544.9%57.9
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.154.841-8945.9%12-3436.4%19-2380.0%541123228136
vs opponents surrendering111.55641-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.0%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)110.953.440-8945.3%12-3435.6%18-2379.0%541122228145
Stats Against (All Games)107.352.738-8744.3%12-3534.3%19-2476.4%531022217156
vs opponents averaging111.255.941-8945.9%12-3435.7%18-2376.9%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)107.352.838-8644.0%12-3434.9%20-2577.3%541122208146
Average power rating of opponents played: BROOKLYN 95.6,  BOSTON 95.7
BROOKLYN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/9/2020*LA CLIPPERS              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
BROOKLYN: LAST SEASON: 42-40, lost in the first round of the playoffs.
COACH: Kenny Atkinson (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyrie Irving (23.8 ppg), G Caris LeVert (13.7 ppg), F Joe Harris (13.7 ppg), F Taurean Prince (13.5 ppg), C Jarrett Allen (10.9 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G D'Angelo Russell, F DeMarre Carroll, F Jared Dudley, F/C Ed Davis, G Allen Crabbe, G Shabazz Napier, F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
KEY ADDITIONS: F Kevin Durant, G Irving, C DeAndre Jordan, F Prince, F Wilson Chandler, G/F David Nwaba, G/F Garrett Temple PLAYER TO WATCH: Irving. An undeniable All-Star talent who now has to show he has the temperament to handle New York. He asked to be traded from Cleveland, then changed his mind after originally saying he planned to remain in Boston, where the Celtics were a disappointment last season and he acknowledged doing a poor job leading the team. He grew up in New Jersey and wanted to come back home, and now he has to perform.
OUTLOOK: The Nets don't expect Durant to play this season, so they remain a bit weak at the forward spot compared to the top teams in the Eastern Conference. That means it's possible they won't even improve off last season's surprising sixth-place finish. But even if they don't, they appear well set for the future.
COACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)
KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry Rozier.
KEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen Edwards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving's departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn't: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He'll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It's an especially big year for Brown. The Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend his contract for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.
OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role facilitating offense in the half court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.
Nets' LeVert looks to repeat success vs. Celtics

About a week before the NBA was put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, Caris LeVert delivered the best game of his career in front of a packed arena, scoring 51 points against the Boston Celtics to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a comeback overtime win.

A little more than five months later, LeVert will get another crack at the Celtics on Wednesday, and this time he will be doing so in front of virtual fans when the Nets play their fourth game of the restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

LeVert did not play due to a left thigh contusion Tuesday when the Nets pulled out a 119-116 win over top-seeded Milwaukee. LeVert was joined on the sideline by Jarrett Allen (rest) and Joe Harris (lower back/hamstring), but the three are expected to play Wednesday.

LeVert scored 34 points Sunday in Brooklyn's 118-110 win over Washington with the trio combining for 83 points. The Nets opened the resumption of play with a 128-118 loss to Orlando on Friday.

Without the trio on Wednesday, the Nets (32-35) got a big game from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. The 25-year-old forward scored a career-high 26 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with about three minutes left to help Brooklyn move a half-game ahead of Orlando into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I totally do believe in momentum and the momentum of keeping your spirit in check," said Nets coach Jacque Vaughn, who is 4-1 since taking over for Kenny Atkinson on March 7. "We talked about as a group the symbolism of bamboo, being extremely resilient and extremely flexible and adaptable. Tonight was another example; we had to be all of those three things with the different lineup. So overall, that concept has stayed with us, and I hope it continues."

The win was also aided by Milwaukee resting Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton in the second half as part of a predetermined plan.

On Wednesday, the Nets will face another opponent using the concept of rest as Boston will sit point guard Kemba Walker after he scored 15 points in 27 minutes during a 112-106 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

"These minutes will help him get there," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "When he plays a couple of games in the 30s, he'll feel better about that, and, by then, the playoffs and everything, he'll be fine."

Not seeing Walker is probably a good thing for the Nets. In LeVert's 51-point game, Walker scored 21 points -- after he scored 39 points in Boston's 121-110 win over Brooklyn in Boston on Nov. 27.

Walker missed five games with left soreness immediately before Boston's last meeting with the Nets and his minutes are being managed as the Celtics try to secure their seeding.

The third-place Celtics (44-23) are 4 1/2 games behind second-seeded Toronto and 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami. Boston also is 2 1/2 games ahead of fifth-place Indiana and four games in front of sixth-place Philadelphia.

Even without Walker, the Celtics are hoping for a significantly better showing after never getting the lead Tuesday. The Celtics trailed by 16 in the second quarter and by 12 at halftime before inching closer.

"We weren't solid, and they exposed that," Stevens said. "Our defense has to improve from what it's been in the three games or so."

So far, Boston's defense is allowing 118.3 points since the restart with opponents shooting 36.6 percent (49 of 134) from 3-point range.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/29/2020 2:55:38 PM EST

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