These aren’t your dad’s Brooklyn Nets. Mired in a five-game losing skid, Brooklyn needs to turn the tide quickly if they are to be a factor in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
This season was billed as the year the Nets would return to greatness. After shocking the NBA world by signing both All-World superstar Kevin Durant, and NBA Finals hero Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn was ready to light the world on fire. So far, that hasn’t happened. Durant’s absence was well-known prior to the season, and Kyrie has missed the past two months with a mysterious shoulder injury. What the team is calling shoulder bursitis has already cost Uncle Drew over twenty games this season, and he still isn’t cleared for contact. Up and coming swingman Caris Levert has been sidelined as well. Yet, there is a value to be found in betting on this Nets’ squad.
Can Brooklyn Return to Early Season Form and Bump the Nets Odds?
While the Nets have struggled in their past 10 games, going just 3-7, they’ve played much better than their record suggests. Spencer Dinwiddie continues to play at an All-Star level. Since moving into the starting lineup on November 16th, Dinwiddie is ninth in the NBA in points per game at 26 and tenth in assists with 7.2. Along with the strong play of rim-runners Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan, Dinwiddle has kept the Nets afloat. With the return of another ball-handler in Caris Levert, look for Brooklyn to upset some of their upcoming opponents.
With an interesting slate of upcoming matchups, the Nets will more than likely not be favored in many of the games. Especially in the midst of their worst stretch of the season, not much will be expected of this team. Playing against the surging youngsters of the Oklahoma City Thunder, surging Miami Heat, and disappointing Atlanta Hawks provides plenty of opportunity.
The losing streak has to end somewhere, and at home against Oklahoma City provides the perfect spot for bettors to take the Nets moneyline. OKC is just 8-9 on the road this year and is currently playing far above their talent level. Brooklyn’s home stand will continue on Friday against the Miami Heat. A Brooklyn back door cover should be in the cards, especially with small injuries ailing both Heat star Jimmy Butler and Justice Winslow.
The return to form of Caris Levert could give the Nets just enough to cover any spread levelled against the Atlanta Hawks. Outside of Trae Young the Hawks have been awful this season. The young Hawks are exactly the type of opponent needed for Brooklyn to build some momentum and carry bettors to the bank!