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NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Game 4

Boston +103 over Brooklyn

7:10 PM EST. There is a perception in the market and in the media that the close-out game is the hardest to win and it may be, but there are exceptions to every rule. We heard it in advance of the Raptors Game 4 matchup with Philadelphia and we saw many on gambling Twitter posting their Raps money line tickets. On Sunday, after the Raps extended their series, the Nuggets were the next man up facing elimination against the mighty Warriors. Denver handled its business at home as well in a 126-121 victory, extending that series to a Game 5 In San Francisco Wednesday night. Now, the Nets will be the third team in these playoffs to face elimination. Do they have what it’s going to take to shake off the Celtics?

In case it is not obvious, that question was rhetorical with the answer being a resounding “NO!” These Nets are not coming back from the brink to force a Game 5. Why would they? So they can drag this crap show out another two days and take one more road trip to Boston and then get sent home for the season? Kyrie Irving wants to go back to Beantown about as much as Ryan Getlaf wants to play the final two games of the season.

For a team to come back to win even one game when down 3-0 they need an all-hands-on-deck effort. They need balls the size of grapefruits. Sheer will if you will. These are not qualities of the Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant led Nets. Kyrie already melted down in light of the Nets' Game 1 loss getting fined for telling the Celtics faithful just how fondly he remembers his time there. Kevin Durant hasn’t stopped bitching that he can’t get his this series because the Celtics have him locked up. Durant was a ghost in Game 3, putting up just 16 points on the 11 shots he took. If Durant wasn’t able to pick up the pace after an 0-10 second half in Game 2, why should we believe that he’s going to go off tonight? Even if he does, is it really going to be enough to stifle a total team effort from the Celtics? That’s another rhetorical question.

The Celtics have been the better team (keyword) in this series from the onset. They totally dominated the Nets inside the paint in Game 1 despite a final score that flattered the guests. In Game 2, the Nets showed up for the first half and then folded like a cheap tent. Boston went gate to wire in Game 3 and if that’s not enough to convince you that the wrong team is favored here, we’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Don’t forget that C’s coach Ime Udoka was the defensive specialist for Steve Nash’s staff with the Nets and he knows exactly what makes them tick. Get the brooms out. SWEEP!

Our Pick

Boston +103 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.06)