Nets vs. Celtics on Christmas Day: Prediction, point spread, odds, over/under, betting picks

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Nick Schwartz
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The Brooklyn Nets play the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, and if you’re looking to do some last-minute betting research, you’re in luck! We’ll give you the latest point spread, moneyline odds and over-under number, as well as the information you’ll need to make the smartest bet on BetMGM.

The game tips off at 5:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on ABC.

The Nets and Celtics are both 1-0 to start the season. The Nets dominated the Warriors on Tuesday in Kevin Durant’s first competitive game back since the 2019 NBA Finals, while the Celtics beat the Bucks on Wednesday thanks to a last-second three from Jayson Tatum. The Nets and Celtics played once in the preseason, with Brooklyn winning 113-89.

The lines, courtesy of BetMGM

  • Point spread: Nets -3.5

  • Money line: Nets -150 / Celtics +125

  • Over-under: 227.5

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Advice and prediction

The Nets looked every bit like the NBA Finals contender people have been hyping them up to be in Game 1, and both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant looked sharp as both played just 25 stress-free minutes. The Nets’ depth should give the Celtics trouble, Brooklyn has had an extra recovery day, and I expect them to continue to roll in a high scoring game. Take the Nets -3.5 (-105), and consider Nets -1.5 (-105) first half as well.

As for the total, I’m a bit surprised it’s not higher. The Celtics took 101 shots against the Bucks, and both the Nets and Celtics launched 35 or more threes in their first game. If we see a game with a similar pace on Friday, they’re hitting over 227.5.

Prediction: Nets 121, Celtics 112

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Miami
+260+7.5O 234.5
Brooklyn
-334-7.5U 234.5