Irving has been the backbone of Boston this season. He is going to get his. However, if the Nets can keep the other Celtics starters down, they will have a chance. The Celtics reserves aren’t bad, but they can be taunted into taking bad shots.
It could be difficult for the Celtics to cover their five-point spread and if the last meeting between the clubs is any indication the Nets know they can keep this one close.