Nets vs. Celtics prediction and odds for Wednesday, February 1 (Don’t sleep on Brooklyn)

For the second time this month, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets face off with Kevin Durant out of the lineup for Brooklyn.

The Nets have been much better this season than last season when they were bounced by Boston in the first round of the playoffs, but they’re facing an uphill battle without KD on Wednesday night.

The Celtics are heavily favored in this game, although they won’t have Marcus Smart (ankle) and could be down Robert Williams III, who is listed as questionable. Ben Simmons and T.J. Warren are both out for Brooklyn.

The Nets have stayed afloat without Durant, holding on to the No. 4 seed in the East. They’re coming off back-to-back solid wins over the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, but can they cover against the league’s best team?

Here’s a look at the odds and a pick for Wednesday’s divisional battle:

Nets vs. Celtics odds, spread and total

Nets vs. Celtics prediction and pick

Even though the Celtics beat the Nets by 11 in Brooklyn the last time they matched up, it was the first game Brooklyn was playing without Durant.

Since then, Kyrie Irving and company have started to figure things out on offense, primarily leaning on the 3-ball and shooters like Royce O’Neale, Seth Curry, Joe Harris and Yuta Wantanabe.

Boston has not been as dominant against the spread as a home favorite (13-12) as you’d think, but the Nets are sneaky as road dogs this season.

Brooklyn is 9-3 ATS as a road dog, tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the best record in the NBA.

With the Nets’ offense playing much better lately compared to the first matchup between these teams this month, I think they can cover as 8.5-point underdogs.

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record here.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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