Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets
Tip-off: Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
YouWager experts consider that point guard Rajon Rondo might not be ready to go for the Boston Celtics, however the Brooklyn Nets are eager to see how they play against the five-time defending Atlantic Division champs.
The Nets weren’t great when the Celtics first visited Barclays Center.
Tonight, Boston and the Nets will each try for a fourth consecutive victory in their first regular-season meeting in Brooklyn.
Rondo is day-to-day after leaving in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 98-93 win over the Utah Jazz with a right ankle injury. Newcomer Leandro Barbosa stepped in for the three-time All-Star and scored 16 of the Celtics’ 47 bench points.
Boston (5-3) was in no danger of losing in their first trip to Brooklyn, a 115-85 preseason win on Oct. 18 that marked the Nets’ first national television appearance since March 30, 2011.
Kevin Garnett stated after that game that the Celtics were just “all business” and that their intensity had “nothing to do with the Nets” and trying to out an end to all the excitement the team has received by relocating from New Jersey. The team’s coach Avery Johnson does not feel the same way.
According to the NBA basketball live lines, the Nets (4-2) have a lot of work to do as newcomer Joe Johnson has slowly worked his way into the offense, but Tuesday’s 114-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers meant good things for “Brooklyn’s Backcourt.” Johnson and point guard Deron Williams scored season highs of 25 and 26, respectively, after neither had reached 20 all season.
Brooklyn hasn’t been able to figure out how the Celtics work, losing all three games in 2011-12 by an average of 14.7 points and winning just twice in the last 20 meetings.
The Nets’ center Brook Lopez is off to a quick start with 17.5 points per game, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, but it appears that forward Gerald Wallace (sprained left ankle) will miss a sixth consecutive game.
Keith Bogans, a 6-5 guard, has started for Wallace in four of the last five NBA meetings.
Brooklyn’s second-year guard MarShon Brooks might also see action after being sidelined three games with a left ankle sprain. Brooks averaged 13.7 points last season against Boston — the most by a Net who played in all three games.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics in those matchups with 22.7 points, while Garnett averaged 18.3 and 11.3 boards.
Boston has won 10 of 11 on the road in this series.