Celtics take 1-0 lead into game 2 against the Nets
Brooklyn Nets (44-38, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (51-31, second in the Eastern Conference)
Boston; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Celtics -3.5; over/under is 227.5
EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Celtics lead series 1-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference first round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Celtics defeated the Nets 115-114 in the last meeting. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 31 points, and Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 39 points.
The Celtics are 33-19 in conference matchups. Boston ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference with 46.5 points per game in the paint led by Tatum averaging 10.1.
The Nets are 31-21 in Eastern Conference play. Brooklyn ranks third in the Eastern Conference with 13.7 fast break points per game led by Irving averaging 3.5.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tatum is scoring 26.9 points per game with 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 26.3 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 52.9% over the last 10 games for Boston.
Patty Mills is averaging 11.4 points for the Nets. Kevin Durant is averaging 30.1 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 7-3, averaging 123.3 points, 44.9 rebounds, 29.9 assists, 7.8 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 51.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.0 points per game.
Nets: 6-4, averaging 117.8 points, 44.9 rebounds, 25.8 assists, 8.5 steals and 6.7 blocks per game while shooting 48.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.0 points.
INJURIES: Celtics: Robert Williams III: out (knee).
Nets: Ben Simmons: out (back), Joe Harris: out for season (ankle).