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Celtics vs. Nets pick against the spread, best player prop for Game 5

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.

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The No. 2 seed Brooklyn Nets can close out their series against the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics at home with a victory in Game 5 on Tuesday, June 1st. The Nets will enter with a 3-1 series lead after beating the Celtics by 15 points on Sunday as the series returns to Brooklyn.

In that game, Boston was without Kemba Walker and Robert Williams III, so be sure to check the injury report prior to this game as the Celtics continue to struggle with injuries. The Nets will continue to be without Jeff Green, who could return for the second round at the earliest assuming Brooklyn can finish Boston off at some point in Round 1.

Update: Kemba Walker and Robert Williams have both been ruled out for Game 5 tonight.

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

Pick ATS: Celtics +12.5

Boston is dealing with plenty of injuries to key players on their roster, but 12.5 points is too many for an elimination game. Maybe the Nets trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving will come out hot looking to put this series away early, but the Celtics should provide enough fight to stay within this high number. It would sure help if Boston could add Walker back in the lineup, but we’re going with the road underdogs facing elimination to cover this spread.

Player Prop: Kevin Durant O2.5 assists (+145)

Durant has shot 58% from three over his last two games after starting the series cold from beyond the arc. He’s made at least three triples in each of his last two games and is now converting 45% of his shots from beyond the arc in the playoffs. Durant is averaging 5.5 attempts from three per game and should be more aggressive than usual in a potential closeout game.

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