Boston Celtics
Brooklyn Nets
Tue, May 25 - 7:30p ET   |   TNT   |   Barclays Center
By Landon Smith

Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets NBA Playoffs Preview and Free Picks 05/25/21

Boston Celtics Will Try to Get a Win When Meet Brooklyn Nets from Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - NBA Basketball Match Preview and Prediction Game on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Preview, Prediction and Picks

At one point in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Playoffs between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics on Saturday, Brooklyn's Kevin Durant was 2-of-10 on the field and his team missed their first 10 attempts on 3 points.

It was part of a slow start for the Nets, but they eventually did so by improving defensively and securing a great second half from their all-star trio of Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden in a 104-93 victory.

On Tuesday night, the Nets hope to get off to a quicker start and take a 2-0 lead in their best seven-quarter-final streak when they host the Celtics in Game 2.

The Nets opened the series to its largest audience of the season, with 14,391 fans, 93 percent of whom were vaccinated. These fans saw the stars line up and take control in the second half, and now they'll see if the Nets can take a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time since the New York Knicks swept in the first round. since 2004.

Brooklyn claimed victory Saturday by scoring a combined 82 points from Durant, Irving and Harden.

Durant finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and threw 10 of 25 shots from the field. He was 2 of 10 in the first quarter when the Nets scored 16 points and he was on the bench when the Nets faced a 12-point deficit almost three minutes into the second quarter.

Irving added 29 points while Harden had 21, nine rebounds and eight assists. The line was 11 of 32 on the ground when the Nets trailed by six at halftime, then scored 28 of Brooklyn's 31 points in the third as the Nets took the lead seriously.

In addition to preventing the Brooklyn trio from dominating, the Celtics are looking to level the series by getting better offensive projections from Jayson Tatum.

Tatum scored 50 points in Tuesday's 118-100 win over the Washington Wizards in the preliminaries, but struggled to break into the mainstream, especially after halftime on Saturday. He led the Celtics with 22 points, but was 6 of 20 from the floor and was particularly calm in the second half.

The Celtics were outscored 57-40 after halftime, and Tatum was 0-for-6 on the field one night while Durant kept him up frequently.

Boston is trying to avoid falling 2-0 in a first-round series for the first time since 2017, when they lost the first two games to the Chicago Bulls and won the series in six, but they know their points count. the match. 1 is probably not enough.

In addition to doing everything Stevens mentioned in training, the Celtics hope to provide better assist for Tatum after shooting 36.9% in Game 1 of the series. Marcus Smart added 17 of 6 of 13 points from the field, but Kemba Walker was limited to 15 of 5 of 16 points on shooting after scoring 29 points in the inning game.


WINNER: Brooklyn Nets @ -9.5

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By Landon Smith, on 7:30p ET