Things are heating up in the NBA bubble in Orlando, and a pair of Eastern Conference opponents will square off on Tuesday night. The Brooklyn Nets will take on the Boston Celtics in an important game for each team.
Boston has gone just 1-2 so far in Orlando, but they have also been taking on some tough competition. The Celtics beat the Portland Trail Blazers by a score of 128-124, but have also suffered losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
Brooklyn suffered a 128-118 loss to the Orlando Magic in their first game in Orlando, but they have won two straight since then. The Nets have defeated both the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks since that first loss.
The Boston Celtics are 9.0-point favorites over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.
Celtics Struggling in Orlando
The Boston Celtics have given up just 107.3 points per game this season, but their defense has struggled a bit in this series. Boston has given up at least 112 points per game in Orlando, and they will be looking for a better performance on Tuesday night.
Forward Jayson Tatum has played well in the bubble, but he needs some help from his teammates. Tatum leads the Celtics with 23.4 points per game this season, and he has turned into one of the best offensive players in the league.
All five starters for the Celtics scored in double figures on Monday night, but they need a big night from one of their stars in this one. Gordon Hayward is shooting better than 50 percent from the field, but he has yet to find his rhythm in Orlando.
Nets Winning Despite Being Short-Handed
The Brooklyn Nets are without both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and they have also had to piece together their roster during the pandemic. Brooklyn has dealt with several positive COVID-19 cases, but they continue to play well in Orlando.
The Brooklyn Nets were 19-point underdogs on Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, but they were still able to come away with the win. The Nets are scoring more than 118 points per game during the restart, and they are getting production from their entire roster.
Timothe Luwawu-Caborrot led the Nets on Monday night with 26 points in the huge upset win. Brooklyn is giving some young players a chance to shine during this restart, and these players continue to step up for the team.
Celtics Win Game, Nets Cover
The Brooklyn Nets play for their playoff lives in this restart, which has given them plenty of motivation. Brooklyn is playing extremely short-handed, but they have been able to find some offense.
Things might change a bit as the Nets take on a terrific defensive team in the Boston Celtics, but they will fight to keep this one close. Brooklyn just pulled off a massive upset, and they will have plenty of momentum heading into this game.
Boston has been a bit up and down so far in Orlando, and they are trying to figure things out for the playoffs. The Celtics have struggled to score the basketball, but that likely won’t be a problem in this game.
Look for the Celtics to get back on track with a win over the Nets on Tuesday night, but it won’t come easy. Brooklyn will keep the game close, but Boston will have too much talent in the end.
Head to FanDuel Sportsbook and bet the Brooklyn Nets +9.0 in this matchup with the Boston Celtics, but Boston comes away with the win.