Add Nets ATS At Home Over Heat to NBA Picks

Steven Suarez

Monday, November 17, 2014 4:53 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 4:53 PM GMT

After a hot start, the Heat have cooled off in a big way as of late. They'll try to avoid another defeat when they take on the similarly struggling Nets in Brooklyn tonight. Let's delve deeper into the available NBA betting odds.

Odds Overview
Opening NBA odds have the Nets favored by 6.5 points on their home floor, where they've won three of four games in the early stages of the season. Brooklyn checks in at 4-5 against the spread, while Miami is an even 5-5 ATS through 10 games. 

Early total numbers show an O/U of 196 available at most online sportsbooks

 

Brooklyn Nets
The Nets won four of their first six games, but have since dropped three games in a row. They're now at 4-5 for the season.

A recent west coast swing didn't go so well for Brooklyn, who lost to the Suns, Warriors and Trail Blazers on the three-game road trip. They wrapped up with a 97-87 loss to Portland back on Saturday.

Even with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum missing, the Trail Blazers still did enough to top the disappointing Nets. Brooklyn shot just 39.3 percent from the field and the Nets were dreadful from beyond the arc, hitting on only one of their 19 3-point attempts. Though they outscored Portland in the paint, they didn't do much of anything else right.

Joe Johnson had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Brook Lopez and Deron Williams had 21 and 19 points respectively. Kevin Garnett provided 12 points and 12 boards, but it wasn't enough in the loss.

It's going to take some time for Brooklyn to adjust to new coach Lionel Hollins, who's known for his defensive mindset. His team hasn't been performing well in that regard, as the Nets are allowing 100.6 points per game thus far -- perhaps they'll have more success against a suddenly stagnant Miami offense this evening.

 

Miami Heat
Like the Nets, the Heat come in with a three-game losing streak attached their heads.

Thing is, their losses have come against far worse competition, as they've fallen to the Pacers, Hawks and Bucks to drop to 5-5 overall. Their fast 5-2 start seems like a distant memory now.

Last night, Miami lost 91-84 at home to Milwaukee in a very disappointing showing. Dwyane Wade missed out, and it was clear the Heat needed his presence out there on the offensive end, as they hit on only 41.1 percent from the field. They were dominated in the paint and also turned the ball over 17 times.

Without Wade, it was assumed that Chris Bosh would take over offensively, but he couldn't get much going and finished with only 10 points on 2-of-17 shooting. He did chip in with five rebounds, five assists and five blocks, but Miami needed buckets first and foremost, and that didn't happen. Shawne Williams had a double-double in the defeat, while Mario Chalmers picked up a start and scored 18 points to go with five assists.

Clearly this is a team that's in a bad way at the moment. Miami doesn't have LeBron James to lean on anymore when Wade has to sit, so they're finding it difficult to get in an offensive groove. So far this season, the Heat rank 19th in the NBA by scoring 97.7 points a game.

 

NBA Pick
We're going to be careful here and stay away from the Heat.

They're not playing well right now, and we're not sure whether Wade and Josh McRoberts will be able to play. Wade is obviously the bigger concern, and Miami has looked lost on the offensive end without him.

What's more, the Nets have gone 3-1 in four games at home this season, and we believe they'll get up for this visit of the defending Eastern Conference champions. Their losses have come against much better competition, so we're not as concerned with their recent losing streak.

With that said, we recommend backing Brookyln with your NBA picks for Monday night.

Free NBA Pick: Nets -6.5

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