This has been a long and difficult season for everyone, but especially the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, who have spent the entirety of the past five months dealing with injuries and COVID-19 related absences. So perhaps it's fitting that they'll meet in the first round of the playoffs. 


But while there may be some similarity in terms of the obstacles each team faced, the results are where they differ. Led by perhaps the greatest collection of offensive talent the league has ever seen, the Nets largely coasted to the No. 2 seed in the East, while the Celtics had to scrap their way to the No. 7 seed after winning a game in the play-in tournament. 


Unsurprisingly, the Nets are massive favorites to advance in this series. As Game 1 approaches, here's everything you need to know. 






Prediction


Eight points is a lot for a playoff game, but the Nets are just clearly the better team here, have everyone healthy and will be at home. They should win Game 1 -- and most games in this series, to be honest -- comfortably. 


(2) Brooklyn Nets vs. (7) Boston Celtics
Date: Saturday, May 22 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Barclays Center -- Brooklyn, New York
TV: ABC | Live stream: WatchESPN
Odds: BKN -350; BOS +290 | O/U: 232 (via William Hill Sportsbook)



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