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Celtics vs. Nets pick against the spread, best player prop for Game 2

We go over some of the best betting options for the NBA first round 2021 NBA playoff matchup between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates his teams lead late in the game against the Boston Celtics in Game One of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center at Barclays Center on May 22, 2021 in New York City. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The Brooklyn Nets took down the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their first-round series last week despite getting off to an awful start shooting the basketball. Fortunately for the Eastern Conference’s second seed, Boston also struggled on offense. Will both sides settle down for Game 2 on Tuesday? Let’s take a look at the best betting option at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Celtics vs. Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Pick ATS: Celtics +9.5

The first matchup between the Celtics and Nets was an interesting one. Both teams were horrendous from the field, but Boston’s stars were especially bad. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker combined to shoot 11-for-36 from the field, but the Celtics still led for a large chunk of the game thanks to contributions from role-players like Marcus Smart and Robert Williams. If Boston’s key players return to their normal form, the difference in points should be less than double digits.

Player Prop: Kyrie Irving U3.5 assists (+130)

James Harden sets the table for the Nets, so Irving doesn’t have to worry about making plays for others too often. Irving hasn't tallied more than three assists since Harden returned from the lengthy absence caused by a hamstring injury.

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