Oddsmakers have set the Brooklyn Nets at 20½ for this season total wins, which makes the Over a tempting bet. But before you place your NBA Picks on this Eastern Conference doormat, let’s look at their current roster and their schedule to determine north or south of the total.
Nets 2016/17 Regular Season Team Wins: 20½ (SuperBook)
Nets 2015/16 Open: 28½ —(Record: 21-61, Under)
Nets 2014/15 Open: 41½ —(Record: 38-44, Under)
The Nets Got 99 Problems And Their Bench Is One
If you're having Roster problems, I feel bad for you son, you got 99 players and a Star ain't one. The Brooklyn Nets (103.2 PF-110.9 PA) planned on building around Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, but Nets GM Sean Marks traded Young (15.1 ppg) to the Pacers for the Draft Rights to take Michigan's Caris LeVert #20 in the NBA Draft, so with Lopez (20.6 ppg), Bojan Bogdanovic (11.2 ppg), Sean Kilpatrick (13.8 ppg), Arizona-product Rondae Jefferson-Hollis, Rookie LeVert and newbies Jeremy Lin and Luis Scola, the Nets will be just fine, right? Right. More trouble in The BK, baby. Again.
And, you read it right. The NBA Futures odds for new Head Coach Kenny Atkinson and the Nets—whose Defense ranked 29th—winning the East are actually lower (+25,000) at some places than they are of winning their own Atlantic Division (+27,500). But in the end, we all know this is an insignificant distinction. Basketball Reference has pegged Brooklyn—+100,000 to win NBA Championship at sportsbook Heritage, which has an A+ in SBR's Ratings and offers a 50% Cash Bonus—to finish 22-60, but with the 76ers and Lakers intent on improving, the Nets could battle the lowly Suns (+125,000 to win NBA Championship, at 5Dimes) for worst team in the NBA honors. And one handicapping Trend: Brooklyn L7 SU (1-6 ATS) to end last season, reaching the100-point mark just one time:
Brooklyn Nets 2016/17 Roster
Returning—Brook Lopez, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Markel Brown, Sean Kilpatrick, Chris McCullough
In—Luis Scola (Raptors), Greivis Vásquez (Bucks), Caris LeVert (Michigan, 20th Pick NBA Draft), Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall, 42nd Pick NBA Draft), Jeremy Lin (Hornets), Anthony Bennett (Raptors), Trevor Booker (Jazz), Randy Foye (Thunder), Beau Beech (North Florida Ospreys), Justin Hamilton (Valencia), Egidijus Mockevicius (KK Akademija Vilnius)
Out—Thaddeus Young (Pacers), Andrea Bargnani (Saski Baskonia), Wayne Ellington (Heat), Jarrett Jack (Hawks), Joe Johnson (Jazz), Sergey Karasev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Shane Larkin (Saski Baskonia), Willie Reed (Heat), Thomas Robinson (Lakers), Donald Sloan (Guangdong Southern Tigers), Joe Harris (Canton Charge), Henry Sims (Jazz).
Brooklyn Nets Odds
Regular Season Opener: at BOS +1150 Nets at Paddy Power
19½ Wins: O/U -110 at William Hill
20½ Wins: O/U -110 at SuperBook
21½ Wins: O/U -117 at Betway
Rookie of Year—Caris Levert +5000 at Bovada
2016/17 NBA Pick: Brooklyn Nets Under 21½ -117 at Betfair