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NBA Rumors: Nets hope Kyrie Irving can lure Kevin Durant to Brooklyn

NBA Rumors: Nets hope Kyrie Irving can lure Kevin Durant to Brooklyn

It appears the Brooklyn Nets' master plan is in motion.

The Nets swung an otherwise unremarkable trade with the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday that made headlines because it cleared their path to take on two maximum contracts in free agency.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski then reported Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is "serious" about signing with the Nets this summer -- and that Brooklyn's feeling is mutual.

But the Nets don't want to stop with just Irving. Here's NBA reporter Brian Windhorst on Friday's midday edition of "SportsCenter:"

"They are making this (trade) to attract Kyrie Irving, and hoping Kyrie will then turn and recruit his new best friend -- a relationship that has blossomed during this year and the whole league has watched it -- Kevin Durant."

Irving and Durant indeed are close friends, as anyone who saw the two superstars yukking it up at NBA All-Star Weekend can attest. And if you believe NFL wide receiver-turned-FOX Sports hot take artist Cris Carter, Irving's recruitment of the Golden State Warriors forward may have already begun.

There are plenty of other balls in the air, of course. Durant even leaving Golden State could hinge on whether the Warriors can rally to win the NBA title, and reports suggest he'd favor the New York Knicks if he were to leave the Bay Area.

Irving's future also is uncertain; the Nets appear to have emerged as the frontrunner, but the All-Star guard reported has the Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers on his radar and perhaps would be convinced to stay in Boston if the Celtics trade for Anthony Davis.

But the appeal of playing with your buddies looms large in today's NBA, and Brooklyn apparently is trying to leverage that appeal into creating a Kyrie-KD superteam.

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NBC Sports Boston to televise all 2019-20 Maine Red Claws home games

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NBC Sports Boston to televise all 2019-20 Maine Red Claws home games

Tacko Time is must-see TV for basketball fans, and there's about to be many more chances to see the 7-foot-7 Celtics rookie.

For the first time in the 11-year history of the Maine Red Claws, their full home schedule will be televised on NBC Sports Boston.

“This partnership gives both Red Claws and Celtics fans an opportunity to closely follow their G League team throughout the season, while providing an up-close view of the development of next-generation Celtics players,” Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said.

That next generation includes Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters, who are both signed to two-way contracts this season. The TV slate kicks off Friday, November 15 with live coverage of the Red Claws' home opener against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Here is the full list of dates, times, and opponents for Red Claws games that will be aired on NBC Sports Boston.

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Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the Maine Red Claws vs. the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, which tips off Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET , followed by Celtics Pregame Live before the C's face the Warriors. You can also stream both games through the MyTeams App.

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Warriors betting predictions, plays against the spread

NBA picks: Celtics vs. Warriors betting predictions, plays against the spread

Welcome to the "upside down," where the Golden State Warriors are the worst team in the NBA.

The Warriors are plummeting from grace, taking a 2-10 record and a five-game losing streak into Friday's matchup with the Boston Celtics, who remain the No. 1 team in basketball at 9-1.

We haven't quite had Celtics-level success picking Boston's games this season, but we're still above water at 15-8-1 overall and are 5-1-0 picking the moneyline, point spread and point total in the Celtics' last two contests.

As the C's pack their bags for a five-game West Coast swing, we'll look to roll along with them. Here are our betting picks for Celtics-Warriors, as well as two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET

Moneyline: The Celtics (-330) got great contributions from their bench in Wednesday's win over the Washington Wizards. They'll need to tighten up that defense, but Boston's talent up and down the roster should help the C's cruise to their 10th consecutive win.

Point Spread: We suppose this could be a trap game. The Warriors have to snap their five-game losing streak at some point, and upstart rookie Eric Paschall could give Boston problems in the paint. That said ... Golden State is 1-4-1 against the spread at home this season (isn't Chase Center lovely, though?), and the Celtics (-7) are too deep not to win by double digits.

Point Total: The Celtics just scored their most points in regulation game since 1992 and are facing the second-worst defense in the NBA. The 223.5 point total is actually lower than Wednesday's game, but regardless, we're taking the OVER with the Celtics until notified otherwise.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 15-8-1

NBA Locks of the Night

Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves (-7): The Wolves smoked the Wizards by 22 points in their own gym earlier this month. Maybe Washington makes an adjustment, but I'm riding Andrew Wiggins' hot hand and banking on Minnesota to handle its business.

Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets (-5.5): This line has dropped after opening at 7.5, which suggests an upset could be brewing. I'm not buying it. Indiana is down Myles Turner and Jeremy Lamb against a Rockets team that's won five in a row and just dispatched the Los Angeles Clippers.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 9-6-1

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Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Warriors, which tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.