The Brooklyn Nets are riding high after a big win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday afternoon. Things are on the up with both Caris LeVert and Joe Harris (neck) being listed as probable to return Wednesday night vs. the Boston Celtics. The Nets are also expected to get C Jarrett Allen (rest) back into the rotation as well.
Nets @HSpecialSurgery Injury Report for tonight's game vs. Boston:— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 5, 2020
Harris (right hamstring/lower back tightness) - PROBABLE
LeVert (left thigh contusion) - PROBABLE
Crawford (left hamstring strain) - OUT
So we saw the Nets do the impossible the other day by defeating the Bucks with mostly G-League caliber players. So with Harris and LeVert coming back, we can expect some of that value to trickle away from Brooklyn. Garrett Temple, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Rodions Kurucs should all go back to lesser roles. Let’s break it down.
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Let’s start with LeVert ($7,800). This price is pretty high but we already know the Celtics are going to be without Kemba Walker. LeVert should go back to his high usage and hasn’t really had an overly productive outing in the bubble. With LeVert back, Tyler Johnson ($6,100) gets a bit of a downgrade, but his minutes haven’t been affected by LeVert or Harris ($5,400). Allen ($5,400) seems like a terrific play at this price given the Celtics lack of depth at center. It’s difficult to play guys like TLC ($5,200), Kurucs ($4,600) and Temple ($5,800) at these prices.
You’d think this spread favors the Nets, right? Sure, the Celtics are an above average defensive team. So were the Bucks and somehow the Nets were able to get the best of them. We’ve got a lot of time before lock, so monitor the spread to see if it trends one way or the other. The O/U is 226 and we’ve got the Nets getting three of their top scorers back, so that seems favorable given Brooklyn’s inability to defend.
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