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The Celtics finally stole a game from Brooklyn. Can they even the series at 2 on Sunday?

NBA Playoff Picks - Sunday, May 30

Nets vs. Celtics Prediction

The Celtics got their obligatory win to avoid being swept. Congrats to them.

It took a herculean effort from Jayson Tatum to make it happen though, as he went off for 50 points, including making 13-of-15 attempts from the charity stripe and 5-of-11 from long range.

It is hard to imagine he plays much better.

On the flip side, it’s hard to imagine the Nets supporting cast plays much worse. Brooklyn got 96 points from its big three but only 23 from the other six guys that played, who combined to shoot 8-of-25 from the field.

They will be better in Game 4 if only because they cannot be much worse. Boston, meanwhile, got a combined 9-of-15 long range shooting performance from Marcus Smart and Evan Fournier. Odds are, that won’t be repeated.

And then there’s this: since January, the Celtics have won consecutive games against winning teams just once, when they went on their mini-run in mid-April. None of those teams were as good as this Brooklyn squad, and that will bear itself out on Sunday.

The spread is reasonable enough to give the points on the road.

Nets vs. Celtics Pick

The Pick: Nets -7.5 @ -105 (Click to bet)

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