Nets vs. Celtics 2022 NBA Playoffs Game 2: Odds, How to Watch, More

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots against the Boston Celtics in the second quarter during game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden.
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2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Game 2: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics

The Nets and Celtics will go at it for Game 2 after an eventful opening game to the series on Sunday. Boston took the first game off a winning basket by Jayson Tatum at the buzzer to capture the 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Now the Nets need to find a way to gain back some ground in Game 2 after Kevin Durant was held to 23 points on Sunday and the Nets’ defense made little mistakes that cost Brooklyn in the end. Sunday was also a costly day for Kyrie Irving, who was handed a $50,000 fine for his actions toward fans at TD Garden.

All of that sets up an important second game on the road for the Nets, who would like to return to Kings County on Saturday with the series even at one instead of trailing by two games.

How to Watch:

  • Date: Wednesday, April 20
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
  • TV: TNT

Tale of the Tape:

Nets  STAT Celtics 
11-23 Record in Game 2s 74-52
114.0 (7th) Points Per Game 115.0 (5th)
115.0 (11th) Points Allowed Per Game 113.3 (24th)
24-17-1 on road ATS Record Home/Away 18-22-2
29-56 on the road in playoffs Home/Away Record 254-104 at home in playoffs

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Brooklyn leaders:

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) in the second quarter during game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden.David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
  • Kyrie Irving, PG. – 39.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, 60% 3FG
  • Kevin Durant, PF. – 23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.o APG
  • Nic Claxton F-C. – 9.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 75% FG

Boston leaders:

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives the ball against Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) in the second half during game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden.David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jayson Tatum, F-G. – 31.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 8.0  APG, 50% FG
  • Jaylen Brown, G-F. – 23.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 4.0 SPG, 47.4% FG
  • Al Horford, G. – 20.0 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 61.5% FG

Injury Report

Nets: Ben Simmons (return to competition reconditioning/back soreness) and Joe Harris (left ankle surgery).

Celtics: Robert Williams (left knee meniscal tear) is out.

Odds, Lines, and More:

  • Spread: Celtics -3.5
  • Nets Moneyline: +140
  • Celtics Moneyline: -160
  • O/U: 226

The Pick:

The Nets are likely to play with some extra fire in them, but the mistakes that cost them in Game 1 have been too frequent during the regular season to ignore, and why the Celtics will be the likely victor in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Jayson Tatum showed why he is one of the rising stars in the NBA with the way he played in the series’ opening game and Boston’s crushing defense stifled one of the game’s best players in Kevin Durant. Now it’s hard to imagine that Durant will shoot as poorly as he did in the first game, but Boston has figured out how to limit one of Brooklyn’s best offensive weapons. Al Horford and Daniel Theis also answered the call along the boards after Bruce Brown called them out. Brown himself, who has been a key cog in the Nets offense since the trade deadline, didn’t have much of an impact in Game 1 either.