Celtics Favored Over Surprising Nets; Kemba Walker to Sit

    The Celtics are 8.5 point favorites according to the online sports-book BetOnline.ag.

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    The Boston Celtics set to take on a depleted Brooklyn Nets team in the Orlando bubble. Tip off is set for 9pm EST.

    When the schedule was released this seemed like an automatic W for the Celtics but not so fast. Despite being depleted by injuries and Covid-19 the Nets are 2-1 in the bubble including Tuesday’s huge upset over Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee.

    Brooklyn (32-35) was an 18.5-point underdog against the Bucks but came away with a 119-116 win making it the biggest upset in the NBA since 1993.

    Boston (44-23), meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back from a 112-106 loss to Miami on Tuesday.

    BetOnline.ag has the Celtics listed as 8.5 point favorites with the over under set at 222.5. The money line is Brooklyn +290, Boston -360. The Nets are 5-1 against the spread in the last six meetings.

    All-star guard Kemba Walker will not play for the Celtics on the second night of a back to back.

    The Nets will have Caris LeVert (thigh), Joe Harris (back/hamstring) and Jarrett Allen (rest) back in the lineup. All 3 missed Tuesday’s game against the Bucks.

    LeVert had a career night at Boston in their most recent matchup on March 3rd scoring a career high 51 points en route to Brooklyn’s 129-120 come from behind overtime victory.