The Nets Are Scorching

Game 78 Preview – Nets vs. Celtics

OK, I know my last game preview was for Game 1, but hey we won that game, and I think I might be good luck.  Here goes nothing!

  • The Celtics are 3-0 on the season against the Nets, winning on average by 18.7 points.
  • This game is at Boston, and the last time that we played over there, we ended up losing by 32.  However, the last time we played the Celtics we only ended up losing by 4.
  • The Celtics are 7-3 over their last 10, while the Nets are 4-6 over the same span.
  • The Celtics are 32-6 at home while the Nets are 15-23 on the road.

Nets Starting Lineup

  • PG – Devin Harris
  • SG – Keyon Dooling
  • SF – Vince Carter
  • PF – Ryan Anderson
  • C – Brook Lopez

Celtics Starting Lineup

  • PG – Rajon Rondo/Stephon Maurbury – Rajon sprained his ankle in practice on Monday and is questionable for the game, my guess is he will start.  But the C’s may hold him back to prevent any further injury right before the playoffs.
  • SG – Ray Allen
  • SF – Paul Peirce
  • PF – Glen “Big Baby” Davis
  • C – Kendrick Perkins

Their Mismatches

  • Ray Allen vs. Keyon Dooling – Ray is an all-star with a smooth and silky stroke.  It also seems like he has turned it on in the absence of Kevin Garnett.  He is going to be too much for the smaller Dooling.
  • Paul Pierce vs. Vince Carter – This is going to be a great matchup, and I am only putting it up here because Pierce has a slight edge.  And that edge is physicallity.  If Paul decides to, he can put his head down and take it to the hole all day against Vince.  Vince just needs to work on defense, also he needs to be agressive on offense.  Make Pierce work on both ends.

Our Mismatches

  • Devin Harris vs. Stephon Maurbury- This all depends on whether or not Rajon Rondo is starting (He is questionable as of right now).  If Harris gets Maurbury, he has the quicks to get by him all game.

Key Matchup

  • Kendrick Perkins vs. Brook Lopez – Since the Celtics are without Kevin Garnett and could possibly be without Rajon Rondo, I see this game staying close to the end.  Usually, in Celtic wins in close games, Perkins usually has one monster jam or tip slam to swing the momentum and the crowd in their favor.  Brook needs to keep this from happening.  He needs to keep a body on Perkins, keep him out of the paint, and outwork him.  I believe he can do this, but will he?  That’s the big question.

The Result

  • It’s going to be a close one, but the Nets on the road won’t be able to handle a late Celtics push.  The C’s win this one, and the Nets look to get a few more ping pong balls.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Game Previews, Nets vs. Celtics | , , , | Leave a comment