BROOKLYN NETS (9-4)
at BOSTON CELTICS (8-6)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 7:35 p.m. ET
Line: Boston -4.5, Total: 191.5
The Nets are looking for another statement win in the Atlantic Division when they head into Boston on Wednesday night.
Brooklyn just won its biggest game on the young NBA season on Monday against cross-town rival New York, prevailing 96-89 for its third straight win (SU and ATS) and eighth victory in 10 games (7-2-1 ATS). Boston is also hot with back-to-back wins (SU and ATS) over Oklahoma City and at Orlando, scoring 112.0 PPG in those two victories. Rajon Rondoís double-digit assist streak is still alive and well at 37 straight games -- nine shy of Magic Johnson's record -- but heíll need help from the rest of his team if the Celtics are going to take down this surging Nets squad.
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The Nets grinded out an impressive victory over the Knicks on Monday night in a playoff-like atmosphere in Brooklyn. C Brook Lopez (19.2 PPG) had 22 points with season-highs in rebounds (11) and blocks (5). PF Reggie Evans continued his brilliant work on the glass (8.5 RPG in 18.4 MPG) pulling in 14 rebounds total and six on the offensive end. PG Deron Williams, who has struggled with his shooting (39% FG, 26% threes), is finding other ways to win games for his team, averaging 10.4 APG over the last five contests, including a season-high 14 assists versus the Knicks. If Joe Johnson can get himself going (15.2 PPG on 39% FG) then this Nets team could improve on their mediocre 95.6 PPG this season (18th in NBA).
Rondo is having a career year, averaging 13.5 PPG, 13.7 APG and 1.9 SPG on a career-high 52% FG. SF Paul Pierce is also having himself a quality season, averaging 20.1 PPG and 5.4 RPG. He is still the main scoring option for this Celtics team, but he is shooting better from three-point land (43.1%) than from inside the arc (42.7%). Still, Pierce will be relied on heavily versus Brooklyn, a team he's scored 21.6 PPG against in 52 career meetings. PF Kevin Garnett isnít the player he used to be, but is still having a decent season, averaging 15.9 PPG and 7.4 RPG. He is the heart and soul of the Celtics defensively. Jason Terry is still looking to find some consistency in Boston. He is averaging only 11.0 PPG early on in the year, but is capable of performing at a much higher level, considering he's averaged 16.1 PPG in his career.