BKN vs BOS Dream11: Brooklyn Nets play Boston Celtics in second of the four games between these two teams this season, as the Greens now hit the road after hosting the Nets in game-1 on Thursday morning (IST).
Kevin Durant signed with the Nets in free agency in summer, but he won't be playing this season, due to an injury, while Kyrie Irving has missed a few games already due to an injury. So in a sense, it's understandable that the Nets are hovering in the middle of the table in the Eastern Conference. They have split up the season so far, having won nine and lost nine in the season.
That said, before losing 121-110 to the Boston Celtics in the last game, the Nets strung together a four-game winning run, which shows that the Nets are good enough to be a contender for the playoffs. even without Kevin Durant.
Boston Celtics, meanwhile, have raised their standard to manyfold this season, despite deemed as a team entering yet another transition period at the start of the season, especially when both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford left the franchise in the summer. But Kemba Walker's inclusion has given the Cs a totally different dimension. The Celtics are 2nd in the East with a 13-4 return on the season.
This will be the 198th meeting between these two teams from the Eastern Conference. Boston Celtics lead the overall head-to-head record with 130 wins, while Brooklyn Nets have 67 victories.
Host: Brooklyn Nets
Visitors: Boston Celtics
Match Timing: November 29, @10:30 PM
Venue: Barclays Center, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
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Kemba Walker: The former Charlotte Hornets star is leading the charge for the Celtics with 22.3 points per game.
Jayson Tatum: But in terms of overall contribution, Tatum perhaps outplays any other player from the Celtics.
Jaylen Brown: He is in red hot form. He averages 19.4 points per game this season.
Kyrie Irving: The former Cavs is racking up points at 28.5 per game this season. An incredible player.
Spencer Dinwiddie: If Irving misses the game, Dinwiddie will be key for Nets' chances in this game. He is the 2nd best player for the team with 19.6 points per game.
Brooklyn Nets: Superstar Kyrie Irving missed the last game for the Nets due to a shoulder injury and there is no time table to return. That said, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was hopeful of having Irving back as early as this game. So consider Irving as a game-time decision here.
While in terms of confirmed absentees, Kyrie Irving is out for the rest of the season due to an Achilles Tendon injury, while Wilson Chandler is suspended, and Caris LeVert is out due to a foot injury.
In addition, DeAndre Jordan is a game-time decision due to an ankle injury. He will be monitored before the game.
Brooklyn Nets squad: Kyrie Irving (questionable), Lance Thomas, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan (Doubtful), Joe Harris, Henry Ellenson, Garrett Temple, Taurean Prince, Jarrett Allen, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs, Theo Pinson, Jaylen Hands, David Nwaba, Nicolas Claxton, C.J. Williams
Boston Celtics Team News: Gordon Hayward will miss the game for the Boston Celtics due to a broken hand. The former Utah Jazz superstar is the only injured player on Celtics' list ahead of this game.
Boston Celtics: Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Javonte Green, Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye, Brad Wanamaker
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PF: Taurean Prince
SF: Joe Harris
C: Jarrett Allen
PG: Garrett Temple
SG: Spencer Dinwiddie
PF: Jayson Tatum
SF: Jaylen Brown
C: Daniel Theis
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Kemba Walker
Brooklyn Nets: Iman Shumpert, David Nwaba, Theo Pinson, Nicolas Claxton, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs
Boston Celtics: Semi Ojeleye, Brad Wanamaker, Enes Kanter, Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Javonte Graham, Vincent Poirer
The Celtics dominated Kyrie Irving-less Nets right from the off, and never looked like dropping the game. If Kyrie Irving is fit, we will see a different Nets here.