NBA Playoffs 2022: What to expect when the Nets face the Celtics

In light of the Brooklyn Nets' victory in the NBA play-in tournament, what can we expect in the first round of the postseason against the Boston Celtics?

Playing catch-up after going 5-16 with star Kevin Durant out for 21 games with an MCL sprain from January 17 to March 1

the Nets clinched the No. 7 seed on Tuesday with a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers behind 59 points and 23 assists from Durant and Kyrie Irving's combined efforts.

But even though they're in the play-in round, Caesars Sportsbook has the Nets ahead of the Celtics in odds to win the Eastern Conference

In contrast to Brooklyn's downward spiral, Boston rose from a.500 record on January 21 to finish the regular season

as the East's runner-up in the playoff seeding after beating the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Is it possible that Boston would have been better off avoiding New York City if it had?

And how good are the Nets and the Celtics without Robert Williams III's centre when Durant and Irving are healthy?

In the event of a tie, the remaining teams will face off.

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