The Brooklyn vs. Boston game opened as a PICK’EM but that line has moved to Nets -3.
Kevin Durant shook off 18 months of rust in a matter of minutes.
Durant looked good as new against his old team, Kyrie Irving was even better and the Brooklyn Nets emphatically kicked off the Steve Nash era with a 125-99 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night in the NBA’s season opener.
Durant finished with 22 points in 25 minutes of his first official game since rupturing his Achilles tendon while playing for Golden State in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. It’s a new start for Durant, but he did the same things he’s been doing for years.
“I tried not to make too big a deal out of this whole thing and realize I’ve been playing this game since I was 8 years old, so just got to revert back to what I know,” Durant said.
Irving led Brooklyn with 26 points and Caris LeVert scored 20 as the Nets led by as many as 38, pouring on the points the way the Phoenix Suns did when Nash was their point guard, or more recently Golden State did when Durant was their All-Star forward.
Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn’t stop Jayson Tatum from knocking down a “tough, tough, tough” shot. Then the reigning MVP and defensive player of the year missed one of the easiest.
Tatum banked in a fallaway, go-ahead 3-pointer in the final second, and Antetokounmpo missed a potential tying free throw with 0.4 seconds left, allowing the Boston Celtics to escape with a 122-121 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night in the teams’ season opener.
“Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be in that position,” said Tatum, who scored 30 points. “If it goes down or not, that’s what I work so hard for. You just want to be in that moment.”
Jaylen Brown scored 33 points for Boston, which entered the fourth quarter leading by 17 points. The Celtics trailed 120-119 when Tatum dribbled the clock down from 8.9 seconds before lofting a high-arcing 3 over Antetokounmpo that kissed the glass on its way down.
Eight of the last nine games in this series was won by the home team.
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Celtics vs Nets Player Props
|Player||Points||Rebounds||Assists||Three Pointers Made|
|Kyrie Irving (BKN)||25.5 (O -118 | U -104)||4.5 (O -142 | U +116)||5.5 (O -150 | U +122)||2.5 (O -140 | U +110)|
|Kevin Durant (BKN)||25.5 (O -111 | U -108)||5.5 (O -138 | U +112)||4.5 (O -124 | U +102)||2.5 (O +134 | U -172)|
|Caris LeVert (BKN)||15.5 (O -120 | U -102)||3.5 (O -142 | U +116)||3.5 (O -154 | U +126)||1.5 (O -104 | U -122)|
|Jayson Tatum (BOS)||26.5 (O -106 | U -116)||7.5 (O -115 | U -105)||3.5 (O -144 | U +118)||3.5 (O +102 | U -130)|
|Jaylen Brown (BOS)||22.5 (O -118 | U -104)||6.5 (O +112 | U -138)||N/A||2.5 (O -130 | U +102)|
|Marcus Smart (BOS)||12.5 (O -112 | U -110)||3.5 (O -128 | U +104)||5.5 (O +106 | U -130)||1.5 (O -200 | U -154)|
Ean Lamb, Gambling911.com